Transcript for Young 'Star Wars' Fan Grows Up to Serve in Afghanistan and Make Movies
Finally tonight here, our person of the week. The boy, the army brat that loved "Star wars" and "Indiana Jones" growing up, then serving in Afghanistan. Now getting help from George Lucas, likely saying to that youngvet, may the force be with you. The wait is over. "Star wars: The force awakens." But there's another movie getting critical acclaim with help from "Star wars"' original creator. The short film "Day one," written and directed by decorated platoon leader hank Hughes, from the 173rd airborne. Inspired by hank's own interpreter while serving in Afghanistan. This is my first job. Reporter: Hank has wanted to sit in the director's chair since one of his childhood favorites, the original "Star wars." In college, he majored in film. Putting it on hold for his country. Two combat tours overseas. Now getting help from George Lucas. These guys are heroes. We need to help them. Hey, how are you? Reporter: Lucas teaming up with ABC news' standing up for heroes mentorship program. George Lucas and the team at lucasfilm revealing their movie magic. Hank knew what his first film would be about. We talk about brotherhood and the camaraderie between soldiers but her story had another level of pure inspiration. My interpreter was by far the strongest person I've ever met. Reporter: A tribute to her and the heroes in all our lives choosing to do the extraordinary from "Day one." George asked me once who I made movies for. And it was a tough question but what he was getting at is that you have the ability to convey the emotional experience, these sublime moments beyond explaining, and I really hope that emotional journey comes through in the film of kind of what it's like to go to war. And so we choose hank Hughes and George Lucas for helping him. And tomorrow night on ABC, the democratic debate from new Hampshire. We're ready for the candidates, and Martha Raddatz and I will be sitting right here tomorrow night. 8:00 P.M., 7:00 P.M. Central. I'm David Muir, thank you for watching, and we'll see you right here tomorrow night.
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