Ever dreamed about making it big in Hollywood? Former 101st Airborne soldier Ryan Ahern may not be on the marquee just yet, but he’s in the credits for his small role in “Unstoppable,” opening tomorrow.
For filming, he was dangled out of a helicopter, sort of like the air assaults he performed in Iraq in 2005.
Over there, an officer he knew hooked him up with his talent-agent mother, and he moved to Los Angeles when his service was up in 2009. Soon after, he nailed the audition for the big-budget film.
Chatting with Pine off-camera one day, the actor told him how lucky he was to be there. Ahern told the Press-Herald he knew it. “I told him I knew I was a pretty lucky guy, surviving two tours in Iraq and now getting to do this,” he said. “I told him I was appreciative every day.”