Everyone loves free stuff. I’m not talking about the type “free stuff” that comes in the mail or out of a slot machine (although that’s fantastic too); the type of “free stuff” I’m referring to has to do with human relationships. Seemingly insignificant niceties that are always appreciated but all too often forgotten about. Casual gifts, hand-me-downs, choosing to grab the bill at dinner, or just buying your friend a beer.
That last one holds a special place in my heart. I love a nice cold free beer: one drank at the end of a long week and bought by someone who makes you feel a little less alone in our exciting yet unforgiving world. It is in the spirit of charitable friendship that The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A True Story of Friendship Stronger Than War tells the true story of an effervescent quest.
The year was 1967 as John Donohue found himself sitting in a Manhattan bar called Doc Fiddlers’. The bartender, George Lynch, commented on all the anti-war protests taking place across the country. In his musings, George suggested that someone take those boys in Vietnam a beer to let them know they hadn’t been forgotten. Being a former marine, this struck a chord with John “Chick” Donohue—he was the right soldier for this mission. He decided he would bring some good wishes and an appropriate amount of belligerence to some local soldiers overseas… and, just like that, Operation Beers For The Boys was underway.
John’s journey took place over the course of four months and eight thousand miles. It did not go as planned. He ended up getting stuck in Saigon for months due to the Tet Offensive. He ALSO ended up drinking all the beer he brought with and had to restock his cargo before finally reaching his destination. The whole thing made John a local legend of sorts. In 2017, he and Joanna Molloy self-published the book about the experience—The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A True Story of Friendship Stronger Than War.
According to Screen Rant, Peter Farrelly (director of the 2018 best picture Green Book) is set to adapt the story into a feature film. In addition to directing, Peter Farrelly will help write the dramedy alongside Brian Currie and Pete Jones. Skydance is overseeing the project, with Don Granger, Dana Goldberg, and Aimee Rivera at the helm.
Before Green Book, Peter Farrelly was known as one part of the directing duo the Farrelly brothers. Peter and his brother Bobby are known for directing films such as Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary. Peter’s solo career along with Green Book‘s success is a surprising departure from the typical Farrelly brothers’ ridiculousness; however, it is a welcome one. Peter Farrelly’s reinvigorated creative momentum should make way for a colorful adaption of John’s journey, one that will remind us that the best things in life are “free.”
PBR featured the story courtesy of interviews with the aforementioned boys. If you have twelve minutes and fifty-five seconds, it’s worth a watch… or just continue on with your regularly scheduled programming.
Featured Image Via Variety.com