On Sept. 11, 2012, Islamic militants in Libya attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
The event sparked headlines worldwide and much controversy for then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, but a new film delves into a different perspective into what unfolded that night.
"I think most of us...heard the term 'Benghazi' and that's about the extent of it," said Canadian-born American actor Pablo Schreiber, one of the stars in Michael Bay's new action drama 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.
Based on a book by Mitchell Zukoff, 13 Hours explores the incident from the perspective of six ex-military, private security contractors who participated in a rescue mission to protect the American ambassador and defend the C.I.A. base under attack.
Known for blockbusters like Transformers, Bad Boys and Armageddon, director Bay took a more serious turn for this latest film, but there's no shortage of his trademark explosions and gun battles.
"[Michael Bay] obviously does action better than anybody in the business," Schreiber told CBC News in Toronto this week.
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Schreiber portays one of the contractors: Tanto, who provides comedic relief despite a tough guy exterior. The actor, perhaps best known for his memorable role as corrections officer George (Pornstache) Mendez in Netflix's Orange is the New Black, spent two months preparing for 13 Hours.
Aside from engaging in heavy-duty physical training, the actor also spent quality time with the man he portrays onscreen: security contractor and former Army Ranger Kris Paronto.
"To have the luxury of getting to know the person you're playing is obviously great," he said of their time together.
'We all ended up liking each other'
The 13 Hours cast also includes John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa and Max Martini. According to Schreiber, the camaraderie shown onscreen was also present when the cameras weren't rolling.
"We got very lucky to have six guys that were all good people...We all ended up liking each other," he said, admitting that the actors also bonded over their attempts to keep up with Bay, known for his intensity as a director.
"To go through what we went through with Michael, in terms of the pace that he works at and how hectic the set can be, there was definitely a lot of bonding that came out of surviving each day."