Hollywood likes to have fun when they showcase military life on the big screen; the more conflict and drama audiences see, the better.
Sometimes they tend to go a little overboard when telling stories and many moviegoers eat up the common misconceptions when they watch stories unfold.
So check out these military myths that Hollywood has taught us to believe are true:
1. Michael Bay explosions
Michael Bay is widely known for his amazing camera moves and is hands down one of the best action directors out there. He has mastered the ability to move audiences through the battle space while providing them with an intense adrenaline rush...
...but he needs to work explosions because they look like fireworks.
Explosions don't look like this unless it's the 4th of July. (Source: Zero Media/ YouTube/Screenshot)
Here's a real man's explosion:
Okay, so this one is a nuke explosion — but you get the point. (Source: Wikipedia Commons)
2. Cleaning bathrooms with toothbrushes
After speaking to a few Annapolis graduates and other military veterans, no one can recall seeing a Midshipman cleaning the bathroom using a toothbrush. It could have happened a long time ago, but not in the last few decades.
Jake Huard (James Franco), on the left, polishes the bathroom tile with a toothbrush and we don't believe it. (Source: Buena Vista/YouTube/Screenshot)
3. Taking off on your own
War is very dangerous. Leaving your squad to go run down the enemy by yourself through a sea of maze-like structures for a little extra payback is highly improbable.
Cpl. Billy Cole (from the film "War Machine") takes off on his own to kill the bad guys. (Source: Netflix/Screenshot)
4. Fireball grenades
Movies love to show off hand grenades setting off massive explosions that can crumble entire rooms if not buildings with huge fireballs. It's simply not true.
5. Trigger happy
An infantryman's combat load these days consists of only a few hundred rounds. Typically, once a movie squad makes enemy contact, they begin spraying their weapons and shoot up everything.
In real life, the moment you lock onto the enemies' position, you're on the radio calling in mortars or getting a fire mission up. Then its game over for the bad guys.