“This is more personal than any other work, and it’s still timely. It’s timeless,” said Lang, who wrote the one-man show based on a book by Larry Smith. Lang might be best known to movie fans for his performance as Col. Miles Quaritch in James Cameron’s Avatar.
Smith’s book, Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words, features the stories of 23 Medal of Honor recipients. Lang’s stage portrayal is a glimpse into the lives of eight of them.
“It’s their voices. It’s so authentic, so unfiltered, so full of life,” he said.
From 2004 to 2007, he took Beyond Glory to the stage in more than 400 shows for audiences in New York, Chicago and Washington. He has also taken it to the troops through a USO tour and performed it for the Medal of Honor Society, which gave him the Patriot Award in 2010.
One of the eight recipients included in the play is late Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. Lang performed it for Inouye’s 80th birthday in 2004, and Inouye wept during the performance.
During his career, Lang has played numerous military-related roles, including Brig. Gen. Dean Hopgood in The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009); Lt. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in Gods and Generals (2003), and Maj. Gen. George Pickett in Gettysburg (1993).
He has been on the small screen in episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent; Psych; The Equalizer and Crime Story in addition to several made-for-television movies.
Lang is on a monthlong tour with Beyond after a heavy filmmaking schedule over the past few years including a Stephen King film called A Good Marriage, which was filmed this year. Lang plans to take a break during the holidays and possibly take Beyond Glory to troops overseas in January.
For tickets, call the Etherredge Center at (803) 641-3305 or visit web.usca.edu/etherredge-center/cultural-series.dot.