EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — There is a tense scene in the movie Act of Valor when Derrick Van Orden, an active duty Navy SEAL at the time of filming, is interrogating a hardcore bad guy. The grittiness and intensity of the scene would make even the hardest of cynics cave under the pressure.
The moment was completely unscripted, Van Orden said he was just being himself, and the monologue went not from the hip, but from years of military service and experiences, mostly intense, he’d had since first enlisting in the Navy at 18 years of age.
If you take anything from those 5 minutes, 19 seconds of interrogation, it’s that Van Horn is a man who doesn’t do anything dispassionately, even an uncredited part in a movie.
Today, Van Orden lives in Hager City, Wisconsin, with his wife Sara on a small farm, is retired from the military, pursuing a law degree — because why not? — and is running for the Republican nomination for Congress in the state’s 3rd District to try to take on Democrat Ron Kind in the fall.