Tom Hanks Marks ‘Band of Brothers’ 20th Anniversary With New Podcast
“Saving Private Ryan” star Tom Hanks co-created the HBO series “Band of Brothers” with director Steven Spielberg to tell the Easy Company story of WWII. The program follows Company E of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 101st Airborne Division from basic training until the end of the war.
The 10-episode series premiered on September 9, 2001. No one had a clue what that release date would mean when HBO scheduled the show on that date, but over the next two months, “Band of Brothers “would be a source of consolation and inspiration for a nation scarred by the events of September 11, 2001.
On September 9, HBO will launch a 12-part podcast that takes a deep dive into each episode of the historic series, as the stars of the series revisit their experiences making “Band of Brothers” and share how the legacy of the program affected their lives.
Hanks and his company have chosen famous football commentator Roger Bennett to host the podcast. Bennett is best known for his “Men in blazers”Podcast and TV show in which he and his co-host Michael Davies attempt to explain“ real football ”to an American audience.
Why is Bennett a good choice for the “Band of Brothers” podcast? The Liverpool native became a naturalized US citizen in 2018 and recently posted “(Re) born in the USA», A moving memoir on his love for all things American. Fans of “Men in Blazers” know how enthusiastic he can be and he’s sure to keep things lively on the new podcast.
In an interview with “Deadline,” Bennett shared his thoughts in his cut way. “’Band of Brothers’ was such an important show for me,” he said. “Like thousands, I watch it every year in a ritualistic way. The face of an America that I grew up believing in. Daily heroism, selflessness and world leadership.
The first two episodes will feature a prologue, followed by the story of “Currahee”, the first episode of the series, and one co-written by Hanks. Ron Livingston, who played Captain Lewis Nixon, invited on the first episode to share his memories.
Upcoming episodes will feature interviews with Damian Lewis, who played Major Dick Winters on the series and went on to star in two popular Showtime series, “Homeland” and “Billions”.
“Band of Brothers” is available to stream on HBO Max, and the podcast will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can find links to your preferred platform at “Band of Brothers” Podcast Page.
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