Actor turned anti-ISIS fighter Michael Enright: ‘I don’t care about being famous’
An actor known for his minor roles in everything from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Old Dogs” to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and “Cold Case” becomes incensed by the merciless killings in ISIS videos. He abandons his comfortable life in Los Angeles to go to Syria, where he knows no one but wants to join a Kurdish fighting force. He sleeps in bombed-out homes in over 100-degree heat, without so much as a fan. He kicks down doors and stands in the line of enemy fire, all in an effort to eradicate the brutal terrorist group.
Only this isn’t for reel. For British-born actor Michael Enright, this is for real.
“After I saw the cowardly way James Foley was killed, I knew I had to do something,” Enright, 51, told FOX411 from Syria this week. “And what was most poignant for me,” he said, recalling that the American journalist was beheaded by a man with a British accent, “was that it was done by an Englishman – which is the exact opposite to how I feel toward Americans. I have such a deep sense of gratitude to the United States.”
Enright traveled to Syria’s war-ravaged region of Rojava early this year, joined the Kurdish YPG and spent several weeks in their “Academy” training program with other Western volunteer fighters. The YPG and allied rebels have made notable gains recently,t aking control of a number of key villages and land
in northeastern Syria and seizing a large number of weapons and ammunition in former ISIS strongholds.
These gains came shortly after ISIS launched an attack on the city of Kobani and massacred around 200 Kurdish civilians – including women and children.
According to Enright, ISIS made it through checkpoints by donning uniforms of the Free Syrian Army, a rebel group that is fighting both ISIS and President Bashar Al-Assad’s Syrian troops. Enright said the ISIS fighters fired gunshots in the air – often a signal for celebration – in the early morning, and many people emerged from their homes, making them easy targets.
“They beheaded children, and suicide bombers went to checkpoints,” Enright said.
In addition to fighting, Enright said he has been tasked with photographing everything from firefights to dead ISIS members who have been “eaten by dogs.” Some, he said, are just teenagers.