That’s because he was portrayed in multiple episodes of the 2008 miniseries by actor Robert Burke. Based on the award-winning book by Evan Wright, the seven-part show followed the highly trained Marines of First Recon Battalion through the first 40 days of the Iraq war.
Mattis is a war veteran who has led expeditionary forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was once named “the most revered Marine in a generation” by Marine Corps Times.
The clip below is an excerpt from “Generation Kill” that shows General Mattis making his appearance on the MSR and sharing some colorful words with the other men.
“You got seven thousand Marine riflemen who have been ready to go for the last twenty-four hours,” he yells to another. “And you’re standing here with your foot on your d**ks, no, check that, not your d**k, my d**ks.”
Directed by Susanna White and Simon Cellan Jones, the series also starred Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen, Billy Lush, Rey Valentin, Jon Huertas and Kellan Lutz.
Check out the full clip below.