Alexander Skarsgard filmed his role as Brad Colbert in Generation Kill in mid to late 2007, on location in South Africa, Mozambique and Nambia.
The 7 episode mini-series premiered on HBO on July 13 2008. It was nominated for 9 Emmy Awards and won 3. It is now available on DVD.
Generation Kill follows the highly trained Marines of First Recon Battalion through the first 40 days of the Iraq war. It is the true story of Marines’ experiences at the tip of the spear of the American invasion of Iraq. Generation Kill is based on the book by Evan Wright. Evan Wright was embedded with First Recon and he wrote articles based on his experiences for Rolling Stone. The series had two of the real-life Marines as consultants – Sgt. Eric Kocher and Cpl. Jeffrey Carisalez. A third First Recon Marine appears in the miniseries, Sgt. Rudy Reyes portraying himself.
From USA Today
“The seven-part Generation Kill is what you’d hope for from the people behind The Wire: an honest, barely adorned, sometimes painfully vivid representation of life as we live it now. It’s journalism converted to art, with both benefiting”.
HBO Making of Generation Kill
Alexander Skarsgård … Sgt. Brad ‘Iceman’ Colbert (7 episodes, 2008)
James Ransone … Cpl. Josh Ray Person (7 episodes, 2008)
Lee Tergesen … Evan ‘Scribe’ Wright (7 episodes, 2008)
Jon Huertas … Sgt. Antonio Espera (7 episodes, 2008)
Stark Sands … Lt. Nathaniel Fick (7 episodes, 2008)
Billy Lush … Lance Cpl. Harold James Trombley (7 episodes, 2008)
Jonah Lotan … Navy Hm2 Robert Timothy ‘Doc’ Bryan (7 episodes, 2008)
Wilson Bethel … Cpl. Evan ‘Q-Tip’ Stafford (7 episodes, 2008)
Pawel Szajda … Cpl. Walt Hasser (7 episodes, 2008)
Marc Menchaca … Gunnery Sgt. Mike ‘Gunny’ Wynn (7 episodes, 2008)
Rey Valentin … Cpl. Gabe Garza (7 episodes, 2008)
Kellan Lutz … Cpl. Jason Lilley (7 episodes, 2008)
Mike Figueroa … Sgt. Leandro ‘Shady B’ Baptista (7 episodes, 2008)
Rudy Reyes … Sgt. Rodolfo ‘Rudy’ Reyes (7 episodes, 2008)