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‘Stewart Appeared To Use Acting As Therapy’: Iraq Veteran Says ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Is Truly A War Film

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Army veteran Alex Plitsas says he only truly understood the Christmas classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life” — and Jimmy Stewart’s iconic performance — after he returned from Iraq.

The film, made in 1946, was Stewart’s first project in Hollywood after he returned from the European front. At first, the legendary actor wasn’t even sure he wanted the role. (RELATED: ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Premiered 72 Years Ago. Relive The Christmas Classic)