‘Shooter’: How Ryan Phillippe Prepared to Play a Top Sniper in New USA Drama

Shooter, Dean Buscher
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SHOOTER -- "Pilot" -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Dean Buscher/USA Network)

Ryan Phillippe (Secrets and Lies) takes aim as former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger in USA’s new drama Shooter, based on the 2007 movie starring Mark Wahlberg.

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After learning about a plot to assassinate the president, Swagger is pulled back into duty to prevent the attempt—but instead finds himself in the crosshairs of a larger conspiracy.

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To prepare for the role, Phillippe took a number of ballistics courses. “Ryan had a natural affinity for shooting already, but he hit a 12-inch target at 883 yards on his second shot,” executive producer John Hlavin says. “Even the Marine snipers who were training him were impressed.”

Shooter, Series Premiere, Tuesday, July 19, 10/9c, USA.