In the new film "Good Kill," Ethan Hawke plays Tom Egan, a former Air Force pilot who's now a drone operator in Las Vegas. Egan longs to go back into combat, but instead is relegated to firing at suspected terrorist targets from thousands of miles away.
Writer-director Andrew Niccol told Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti that he was drawn to make the film because he found drone operators to be an entirely new kind of solider.
"These guys have a very schizophrenic life: they fight the Taliban by remote control for 12 hours a day, and then go home to their wife and kids," Nicchol said. "I always thought, 'what does that do to the psyche of a soldier and what toll does that take?'"
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- Andrew Niccol, writer, director and producer of "Good Kill."
This segment aired on May 14, 2015.