Brendan Sexton III
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|Brendan Sexton III|
|Born||Brendan Eugene Sexton III
February 21, 1980
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Born in Staten Island, New York, Sexton made his film debut in Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse playing the troubled bully Brandon McCarthy, for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He was the lead in Hurricane Streets and Desert Blue and also appeared in Boys Don't Cry, Black Hawk Down, and Just Like the Son, as well as the cult films Empire Records and Pecker.
Sexton owns and operates a New York City-based independent record label "Big Bit Of Beauty".
In a radio interview, in 2002, Sexton said that the version of the film Black Hawk Down, in which he briefly appeared, which made it onto theater screens was significantly different from the one recounted in the original script. According to him, many scenes asking hard questions of the U.S. troops with regard to the violent realities of war, the true purpose of their mission in Somalia, etc., were cut out. Sexton wrote an article in 2002 where he called the US Army's "School of the Americas, the U.S. Army’s own terrorist training camp for Latin America" and said that Black Hawk Down failed to explain the reasons behind the Somali population's opposition to the U.S. military presence in their country:
The Somalis are portrayed as if they don't know what's going on, as if they're trying to kill the Americans because they — like all other "evildoers" — will do anything to bite the hand that feeds them. But the Somalis aren't a stupid people. In fact, many were upset because the U.S. military presence propped up people tied to the old, corrupt Barre regime.
- "Movies; Young and in Demand; Brendan Sexton III has been hot, hot, hot since 'Hurricane Streets' hit the '97 Sundance Festival". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 1998-02-12. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
- SHARP-EYED 'HURRICANE' BOY MEETS SWIRL OF STREET LIFE IN N.Y.-SET DRAMA[dead link]
- "As "Black Hawk Down" Director Ridley Scott Is Nominated for An Oscar, An Actor in the Film Speaks Out Against Its Pro-War Message". DemocracyNow.org. Retrieved 2011-02-21.
- "What's Wrong With Black Hawk Down". CounterPunch.org. Retrieved 2011-02-21.