Cruise plays Vietnam vet, Ron Kovic, in this autobiographical drama by Oliver Stone. The film follows Ron from his decision to enter the Marines through the war until he is injured and paralyzed from the chest down. After a lengthy stay in the deplorable conditions of the VA hospital, he returns home to find that nothing is the same, or even as it seems to be. He struggles with physical, emotional and mental changes for years before finally coming to grips with his life and the world around him.
For me I wanted Ron to be happy. I wanted to be sure that he felt good about it and also Oliver felt that way.