'13 Hours' Premiere Honors Real-Life Benghazi Heroes at Special Dallas Benefit

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The world premiere of Michael Bay’s new gripping film, 13 HOURS didn’t have a fancy Hollywood premiere. Based on a true story, the 13 HOURS premiere was held in Dallas Tuesday with a special purpose of honoring the real-life heroes of Benghazi as well as the service men and women around the world. John Krasinski (accompanied by wife Emily Blunt), Michael Bay and the cast of 13 HOURS came out to support the premiere which included special performances by Chris Cornell, Madison Rising and The Band Perry. See the photos from the special event.

The night honored the real-life heroes who lost their lives on September 11, 2012, including veteran Navy SEALs Tyrone ‘Rone’ Woods and Glen ‘Bub’ Doherty; Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens; veteran Air Force airman, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith; along with the brave men who have shared their story of what happened that day, including veteran Marines Dave ‘D.B.’ Benton, Mark ‘Oz’ Geist and John ‘Tig’ Tiegen; veteran Army Ranger Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto; veteran Navy SEAL Jack Silva; and their families.

As part of the evening’s salute to these courageous men and all those who serve so selflessly at home and abroad, premiere guests will be encouraged to make a $1 donation to benefit a number of important organizations, including The Shadow Warriors Project Fund of The Dallas Foundation, Fisher House Foundation, the Navy SEAL Museum, and other worthy charitable groups designated by the survivors and the families of those lost that night. Paramount Pictures will match all funds raised.

Bay and these real-life heroes were joined by cast members James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens, Dominic Fumusa, David Denman, David Costabile and Alexia Barlier.

“13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI,” directed by Michael Bay, is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right.

“13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI” opens nationwide on January 15, 2016.

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