Pic to premiere on U.S. aircraft carrier

Weeks after Washington enlisted Hollywood’s help with the war effort, Fox has organized the international premiere of “Behind Enemy Lines” this Thanksgiving weekend on a U.S. aircraft carrier currently on active duty in the Arabian Sea.

Five thousand men and women stationed on the USS Carl Vinson will watch the John Moore-helmed, John Davis-produced film which centers on a naval aviator (Owen Wilson) who is shot down over enemy territory. The injured flyboy’s commanding officer (Gene Hackman) decides to launch a renegade rescue mission to save the soldier’s life.

“A short time ago, I joined other studio executives in a meeting with White House senior advisor Karl Rove to explore ways in which the film industry could step up its efforts to aid the men and women serving our country,” said Fox co-topper Tom Rothman. “As a first step, we decided to bring ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ directly to those who helped inspire the movie and make it happen.”

Fox filmed part of the $60 million pic aboard the carrier and many of those who will be watching the film over the holiday weekend served as extras.

David Keith, who co-stars in the pic, will travel with the film to the ship and spend the holiday aboard the carrier.

This isn’t the studio’s first screening for seamen. Fox hosted a special showing of “Behind Enemy Lines” at the Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego last Saturday with a reception aboard aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, which recently returned from active duty.

“Behind Enemy Lines” hits theaters Nov. 30. The actioner had been slated for a Jan. 18 release. Fox spoof “Kung Pow!: Enter the Fist” now opens that weekend, moving up from a Feb. 15 release date.

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