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Watch Brad Pitt Talk About The "Shitbox" Of America's Longest War

"How did we get ourselves in this shitbox?"

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BuzzFeed News hosted the filmmakers behind War Machine earlier this month for an in-depth discussion on what the Netflix satirical comedy says about the war in Afghanistan now.

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In the film, which is out today, producer and star Brad Pitt plays Gen. Glenn McMahon, an analog to the real-life Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was forced to resign after reporter Michael Hastings' story on him and the war came out in Rolling Stone in 2009.

War Machine follows McMahon's self-assigned mission to win the war in Afghanistan by using a new surge of troops — a strategy that the US, yet again, is chewing on.
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War Machine follows McMahon's self-assigned mission to win the war in Afghanistan by using a new surge of troops — a strategy that the US, yet again, is chewing on.

BuzzFeed News' May screening of War Machine at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York was followed by an exclusive Q&A with Pitt, Plan B Entertainment co-president Jeremy Kleiner, journalist Elise Jordan, and War Machine director David Michôd.

Jordan is also the widow of Hastings, who wrote the non-fiction book The Operators, on which War Machine is based. In the film, Scoot McNairy plays Rolling Stone journalist Sean Cullen, a character based on Hastings.
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Jordan is also the widow of Hastings, who wrote the non-fiction book The Operators, on which War Machine is based. In the film, Scoot McNairy plays Rolling Stone journalist Sean Cullen, a character based on Hastings.

"Failure." "Makes no sense." "No end in sight." That's how the panelists described America's longest war.

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The film and the guests also addressed President Trump's commitment to Michael Flynn, who is also represented by a character in War Machine.

NYU undergrads were invited to the event to observe the discussion, which was moderated by BuzzFeed News' national security reporter Nancy Youssef.
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NYU undergrads were invited to the event to observe the discussion, which was moderated by BuzzFeed News' national security reporter Nancy Youssef.

“We’re all pieces of this puzzle. We’re all products of our beliefs, our hubris, our culture, and we wanted to focus on, again, the machine at large,” Pitt explained about his movie.

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The star also went into detail about one of his motivations for making the film in the first place: a visit to a military hospital and speaking to wounded soldiers there.

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