The more we learn about SEAL Team, the more signing on to the show sounds like signing up for real BUD/S training itself. According to Clay Spenser actor Max Thieriot, the cast and crew go to great lengths to make everything look authentic. That means a whole lot of gun training. But what would all that training even amount to if the weapons lacked authenticity? That’s right. Those aren’t props the actors are carrying around on the show.
Now, there’s a chance some of you Outsiders have seen the now-legendary footage of action star Keanu Reeves training on the gun range. And there’s no denying how proficient that man is with a firearm. But at the end of the day, he’s training for the fictional, exaggerated sequences we see in the John Wick movies.
In the case of SEAL Team, all of their gun training is done for one purpose and one purpose only, to make it look real. Believe it or not, though, there is a pretty big difference between Max Thieriot looking like he knows how to handle a gun and Max Thieriot handling a gun as a Navy SEAL would. But that’s where the actual SEALs come in.
“We employ veterans on the show—e work with these guys to make sure everything looks right. We do a lot of gun training, we do a lot of things to get the mannerisms all right to look authentic,” said SEAL Team star Max Thieriot.
From the guns down to the $17,000 night vision optics, the equipment Thieriot and his co-stars use in the show is the real deal.
‘SEAL Team Star David Boreanaz Uses a Battle-Worn Helmet on Show
David Boreanaz is one of the most recognizable faces on SEAL Team. He has played Bravo Team leader Jason Hayes since the show began in 2017. But he takes his character’s authenticity to a whole new level.
During a 2019 interview with Parade, he talked about how much work goes into making Hayes’ portrayal accurate as possible. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
“It’s intense. We’ve gotten very positive feedback from veterans. Tier-One operators and armed forces people thanking us.” Boreanaz aims to “shine light on these guys who suffer in what they do for a living and how they protect us.”
Boreanaz even goes so far as to wear a genuine Navy SEAL’s helmet. It’s not straight off the shelf, however. It’s seen 13 deployments.
“I wear his helmet. I could wear a lighter [prop] helmet. But I decided to wear his actual helmet to honor him, and I will do that throughout the whole series of its run,” Boreanaz continued.