A Hollywood actor who appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean, CSI, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has ditched the glitz and glamour of the red carpet in favour of a Kalashnikov rifle and army fatigues to fight ISIS in one of the world’s deadliest war zones.
British born Michael Enright volunteered to fight alongside the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit in Syria after feeling compelled by conscience to take the fight to ISIS, and because the Pirates of the Caribbean star felt he had a duty to America, a country which had welcomed the man from Manchester with “open arms.”
“The beheading videos brought out the same kind of feelings in me, and a real sense that I had a duty to America. I really feel a debt to the country. You know, they welcomed me with open arms.”
Originally from Manchester’s Moss Side, but later settling in Los Angeles, Enright is a Hollywood veteran who has had bit parts in Pirates of the Caribbean and other blockbusters, but the actor is now experiencing the sort of reality movies are based upon.
Manchester Evening News reports that the Pirates of the Caribbean star has long been outraged by terrorism and considered joining the U.S army after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
“For me, the biggest regret of my life was not going to Afghanistan when 9/11 happened.”
Enright previously explained to the Daily Mail that he views ISIS as “an abomination,” and made a call to humanity to do “whatever we can” against the ISIS threat.
“This is a call to humanity, it’s a call to everybody, to do whatever we can, in whatever way we can.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor also explained how his own personal tipping point came when he saw the beheading video of captured Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasabeh, and saw that the executioner had an English accent.
“And then what added to it all was that it was an Englishman [Jihadi John], that he had an English accent. And I just, it just touched me personally, in a very deep way.”
The 51-year-old has posted pictures of himself wearing military fatigues in the Kurdish village of Rojava and is believed to be fighting Isis in Iraq.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor told Gulf TV channel Al-Aan TV he is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice in his fight against ISIS and has written letters to his family to warn them that he might die in action.
“This is not just a Kurdish call, this is a call to humanity to obliterate ISIS. I didn’t come here to run, I came here to fight. If I die, I die.”
[Images Via John Moore/Getty Images, Manchester Evening News]