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Rob Riggle says military service helped prepare him for Hollywood

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Marine turned comedian Rob Riggle says the adversity he faced as a lieutenant colonel in Liberia, Afghanistan and Albania, prepared him for Hollywood.

“When you’re overseas in a combat zone, there’s certain levels of problems,” he said at Variety’s Inaugural Salute to Service at Cipriani 25 Broad St. “When they don’t have enough chocolate at craft services, that’s a different kind of problem. So you take everything with a grain of salt. It’s what it is.”

Luckily for Riggle, he hasn’t come across a lot of divas in showbiz. He calls most of his colleagues “hard-working” and “passionate,” though there is occasional whining about things like bad weather.

“I would be like, ‘Really, this is what you’re complaining about?’” he added laughingly.

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Despite retiring from the Marine Corps Reserve in 2013 after 23 years, Riggle still feels confident he could slip back into At attention.

“Maybe that’s naïve,” he said. “Maybe that’s an old marine who thinks he can do things that he just can’t, but I’d like to believe that I could.”


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