‘Pirates’ actor fights ISIS: Michael Enright ISIS
Published: June 1, 2015
‘Pirates’ actor fights ISIS: Michael Enright ISIS, A British-born actor who shared the screen with the likes of Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp has fled his cushy Hollywood life to join the Kurdish army’s fight against ISIS terrorists.
Michael Enright, 51, said he was compelled to don fatigues and pick up a Kalashnikov rifle to battle the bloodthirsty terror thugs after they burned a Jordanian pilot alive and beheaded two American journalists.
“ISIS needs to be wiped completely off the face of this Earth. They are a stain on humanity this is a call to humanity to obliterate them,” Enright, who has no military training, told Dubai-based Al Alan TV in a recent interview from the front lines.
Enright was born in Manchester and quit school at 16 to become an actor, according to the Manchester Evening News.
After moving to Los Angeles, he began working regularly in the late ’90s and scored minor roles in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz flick “Knight and Day” and TV series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
The silver-haired soldier said he first thought about joining the U.S. Army after 9/11, but friends talked him out of it.
But about two months ago, he decided to ditch the glitz of Tinseltown – where photos show him hobnobbing with celebs like Anne Hathaway – to join Kurdish People Protection Unit fighters in the autonomous border region of northeast Syria.
Enright said he was haunted by the gruesome beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and flew to the frontlines to “right those wrongs.”
“I came here to fight. And if I have to die, then I die,” he told an interviewer from Al Alan TV.
“I particularly became aware of (ISIS) when they cut off an American journalist’s head. An innocent man with his hands tied behind his back, and they cut his head off,” Enright said.
“And what was even worse for me was it was an Englishman who did it,” the actor said, referring to British-born executioner Mohammed Emwazi, aka “Jihadi John.”
“I live in America, I feel such a debt to America, I love America with all my heart, and it was an Englishman who did it to an American citizen.”
He called the gruesome murder of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who was burned alive in a cage, “the last straw.”
Video of the 26-year-old newlywed’s death surfaced online in February.
“That’s when I decided I was going to come,” Enright said.
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