Gary Sinise

  • Aired:  06/29/11
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Gary Sinise discusses his documentary, "Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good," and the importance of supporting America's troops. (5:27)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS HERE TO TALK

ABOUT HIS NEW PROJECT FOR THE

TROOPS.

GOOD, I'M GLAD SOMEBODY HAS A

PLAN FOR THEM.

PLEASE WELCOME GARY SINISE!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HEY --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANKS FOR COMING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

GARY, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

SIT DOWN, BUDDY.

[LAUGHTER]

I'M A FAN.

I'M A FAN.

YOU KNOW, YOU ARE A BIG DEAL,

MAN!

YOU ARE A BIG STAR.

AND YOU ARE AN EMMY WINNER,

RIGHT?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: ME, TOO.

>> I GOT ONE OF THOSE OVER

THERE, TOO SEE MY EMMY, GOT A

FLACK JACKET ON.

>> GOT IT NICELY DISPLAY

THERE'D.

>> Stephen: HAVE YOU EVER WON

A PEABODY?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: I GOT ONE OVER

THERE.

JUST WANTED TO PUT THAT OUT

THERE.

>> WHAT IS THAT?

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THAT RIGHT

THERE?

AN HOURGLASS.

THE GRIM REAPER GAVE IT TO ME.

[LAUGHTER]

SIR, EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT YOU

ARE AN ADAD MY AWARD WINNING

ACTOR BEGUN DIRECTOR PRODUCER.

APOLLO 13, FOREST GUMP, OF MICE

AND MEN.

STEPPENWOLF IN CHICAGO.

YOU'VE GOT A NEW PROJECT CALLED

THE LIEUTENANT DAN BAND FOR THE

COMMON GOOD.

YOU HAVE A BAND NAMED AFTER YOUR

CHARACTER IN FOREST GUMP.

YOU'VE BEEN ALL OVER THE WORLD

PERFORMING FOR OUR TROOPS IN USO

SHOWS WHICH I ADMIRE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

I THINK MORE PEOPLE --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

I THINK MORE ENTERTAINERS SHOULD

GO OUT THERE AND DO THAT.

>> I DO, TOO.

I THINK SO.

I HAVE A GREAT TIME DOING IT.

THERE'S NOTHING BETTER THAN TO

GET OUT IN AND SUPPORT THE MEN

AND WOMEN SERVING THE COUNTRY.

THEY'VE WORKED VERY HARD.

THEY'VE BEEN VERY STRESSED.

WE'VE GOT TEN YEARS OF WAR NOW

HAS TAKEN ITS TOLL ON A LOT OF

PEOPLE.

I GO OUT THERE AND TRY TO PLAY

FOR THEM AND DO WHAT I CAN.

A BUDDY OF MINE CAME TO ME A

WHILE AGO, FILMMAKER AND ASKED

ME IF HE COULD DOCUMENT WHAT

I'VE BEEN DOING.

THERE'S A LOT OF WONDERFUL

THINGS IN THE FILM HE WAS ABLE

TO CAPTURE.

HE HAS PUT A GREAT FILM TOGETHER

I'M PROUD TO BE A PART OF IT.

>> Stephen: I HAVE ONLY ONE

PROBLEM WITH YOU, OKAY.

[LAUGHTER]

IT'S THAT I WENT OVER AND DID

SHOWS IN IRAQ.

TWO YEARS AGO.

AND I HAVE BEEN OVER TO IRAQ

ONCE.

YOU'VE BEEN TO IRAQ FOUR TIMES

AND AFGHANISTAN TWICE.

AND YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A

PUSSY.

[LAUGHTER]

-- BECAUSE I HAVEN'T BEEN BACK

OVER.

IS THAT -- DON'T YOU THINK MORE

ENTERTAINERS SHOULD GO OVER

THERE?

WHAT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND IS

THE AMOUNT OF GRATITUDE THOSE

PEOPLE GIVE YOU FOR GOING OVER

THERE.

IT'S ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL.

IT'S ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING

EXPERIENCES I'VE EVER HAD

PERFORMING FOR THOSE PEOPLE.

>> IT'S GREAT YOU DID THAT.

I REMEMBER WHEN YOU DID THAT.

>> Stephen: I'VE BEEN WAITING

THE ENTERTAIN INTERVIEW FOR YOU

TO SAY IT WAS A GREAT THING TO

DO.

I CAN'T BELIEVE HI TO FISH THAT

LONG.

>> HR *T BAND DAN, NOT EVERYBODY

CAN DO A USO SHOW.

WHAT CAN PEOPLE BACK HERE DO TO

SUPPORT THE TROOPS OTHER THAN

ENLIST AND TAKE THEIR PLACE?

[LAUGHTER]

THAT WOULD BE NICE, RIGHT.

>> SOME PEOPLE WOULD LIKE THAT,

YEAH IN THE SERVICE.

BUT THEY ARE WORKING HARD THERE.

THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS YOU CAN

DO.

I VISIT THE HOSPITALS ALL THE

TIME.

I SEND CARE PACKAGES.

THERE'S ALL KINDS OF

ORGANIZATIONS PUTTING CARE PACK

KWRAPBLGZ TOGETHER.

I HAVE A PROGRAM CALLED

OPERATION INTERNATIONAL

CHILDREN.

WE PUT SUPPLIES TOGETHER.

WE GIVE THEM TO THE TROOPS.

WE TAKE THEM OUT AND GIVE THEM

TO THE KIDS.

THERE'S A LOT OF WAYS YOU CAN DO

THAT ON LOIN.

I HAVE A FOUNDATION.

WE'RE SUPPORTING A LOT OF

DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS.

YOU CAN GO TOM GARY SIN KWRAOES

FOUNDATION.ORG.

YOU CAN GO TO LT DAN BAND

MOVIE.COM AND WATCH IT ONLINE

BETWEEN JULY 4 AND 30th.

YOU CAN WATCH IT ONLINE AND ONE

OUT OF EVERY FOUR DOLLARS WILL

GO TO THE GARY SIN KWRAOES

FOUNDATION.

WE -- SIN ISE FOUNDATION.

>> LAST QUESTION, WHEN YOU WERE

IN IRAQ, HOW COLD WAS THE

TRAILER?

THAT YOU WERE?

BECAUSE THE COLDEST WINTER I

EVER SPENT WAS SUMMER IN

BAGHDAD.

BECAUSE THEY KEPT THE TRAILER

THAT WE WERE WORKING IN I SWEAR

47 DEGREES.

IT WAS 125 DEGREES OUTSIDE IN A

SANDSTORM AND I FELT LIKE IT WAS

ALMOST LIKE RUBBING IT IN THE

IRAQIS FACE THAT, YOU KNOW, THIS

MAY BE BAGHDAD HERE BUT IT'S

MINNESOTA UP IN THIS BUSINESS.

[LAUGHTER]

GARY, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

GARY SINESE, "LIEUTENENT DAN

BAND" LAUNCHES ONLINE THIS

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