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March 6, 2010

BARKER: From soldier to screen, veteran is an acting activist

Nathan Lewis, Iraq war veteran, appears in upcoming Matt Damon film about search for WMD

Nathan Lewis of Barker traveled to Morocco, Spain and London for bit parts in the new Matt Damon film, “Green Zone.” Last week, the veteran of the War in Iraq attended the world premiere with his mother in New York City to watch the film at Loew’s Theater, Lincoln Square.

Nathan didn’t know if he would be left on the cutting room floor or if he would see himself on the big screen in Gotham. Lewis, tall and slim, caught glimpses of his 6-foot-4, 165-pound frame in about six scenes of the fast-paced flick. Other extras, he said, were not that fortunate.

The movie opens nationally on Friday, and Nathan is inclined to see it again.

“I enjoyed it, but it was a little much to take in,” said Nathan who is working for his master’s degree at the state University at Potsdam and is student-teaching in Rochester. “I want to see it again in a relaxed mood. It starts out pretty strong, and it’s unnerving to relive the experience. I don’t have a huge role in film. A lot of scenes were not in it. It’s action filled and makes good points about the Iraqi War. There’s a lot of truth in the movie.”

Anti-war movie?

Is it an anti-war movie? “Green Zone” is about the lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, according to a critic.

Lewis, a 2001 graduate of Barker High School, took part in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and came away as an “Iraq Veteran Against the War.” That’s a group of veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom committed to ending the violence in Iraq.

It was because he was a member of that organization that he was among the variety of people chosen as an extra.

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