The soldiers in the highly-anticipated HBO series "The Pacific" have a haunted look in their eyes that says they have been to hell and back, and it isn't all due to great acting.
They all went through mandatory training with Marine Capt. Dale Dye, who is famous for his Hollywood actor boot camps.
"I got them all for 10 days," Dye told Popcorn Biz. "I do not allow dropouts. And I do not allow tears."
"It was extraordinarily intense, real training. I was doing in 10 days what the Marine Corps does in 13 weeks."
And how does he compact the regiment? "I had to eliminate the thrills," says Dye. "The business of sleep went out the window. They had about two hours of sleep a night if they didn't p--- me off. And two meals. Again if they didn't p--- me off."
Eventually the actors begin to understand first hand what the actual soldiers went through which allowed them to bring a true-to-life performance to the screen for the must-see series, which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m.
"I wear their a---s out physically. I beat them up. I'm tough, I'm rugged. I get them to the point of where they are wondering, 'Can I survive the next five minutes?'"
"When I get them to that point, then I can train them."
Executive producer Tom Hanks knew Dye's regimen would get the cast prepared. The two have collaborated on a number of projects such as "Band of Brothers" and Hanks was a training graduate for his soldier work in "Forrest Gump."
"Tom would had made a fine Marine," says Dye. " He would have made a fine soldier."