So after my mom read the book, she said, "Remi, you know what's gonna happen? So for me, I wasn't going to depend on anybody. Every time somebody said, "You need to write a book," I told them, "No, absolutely not because there's a stigma attached to Navy SEALs who write books." That's something that she literally would beat into me and my brother's head all the time is that you don't half-ass anything. I tried to fit it in, but it just didn't work. She said, "Remi, this is a historic book. Reyes said to come back the next day. Remi Adeleke is just a real man who took ownership of his life, his mistakes, his shortcomings and took control through faith, hard work, and a unwavering goal to become a Navy Seal. All you're going to have is your inner thoughts. He is now a filmmaker and actor … He was born in Western Africa, but following the death of his father, he, his mother, and brother relocated permanently to the Bronx in New York City. He went to a mall, got into an argument with his girlfriend, and he told his girlfriend, "If you don't give me my money, I'm gonna blow this place up." Meet actor Remi Adeleke. When Adeleke showed up, she took him to a judge in New York and a judge in New Jersey and advocated on his behalf. So I turned in the manuscript to HarperCollins that next Monday. 48 talking about this. She said, "You need to talk to her brother!" I wrote the rest of the book. But we should do something for people who commit small offenses. She hated it when I was growing up. I didn't want to be a burden to the other guys on the Teams by staying around when I knew I wanted to be home with my boys, so I got out. And I asked him, "Dude, how could you know to write the last half if you didn't read the first half?" The Navy said the destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS Curtis Wilbur "conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit.". Host Kathie Lee Gifford was blown away by his story and personally helped him get a book deal. “Ever since I was young I always wanted to control things. That's what happens when you truly want something. Since I've gotten into writing, I haven't listened to a lot of music when I work out. I'm going to tell it exactly as it happened. RELATED: Gary Sinise Helps Wounded Navy Seal Land Hawaii Five-0 Acting Gig: He’s Someone ‘I Admire Very Much’. I wasn't going to depend on going to a tutor class to sit down with a tutor to teach me how to train. And so I pretty much fired him. As a teen, he ran an amazing burner phone scam while working as a cellphone salesman. His dad was the firstborn son of a Yoruba chief who had nine wives. So, I ran to my cabinet and I pulled out my old military record from 2002 and I went through all the papers, and I found her name and her signature. The recruiter's real name, Tiana, that's her real name. It's 3:00. RELATED: Was Fred Rogers a Navy SEAL? Ending his successful naval career in 2016, he was led to pursue a career in writing, speaking, and acting. At the recruiter’s office, he met Tiana Reyes, a woman who would change his life forever. After I had to take it out, I started thinking. The publisher still had no confidence in my writing skills. I wasn’t familiar with Remi Adeleke’s story prior to reading Transformed: A Navy SEAL’s Unlikely Journey from the Thrones of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds. I was getting ready to mobilize and deploy, and my contract was up and I was given an ultimatum: Deploy, or you should probably get out. A week before I was supposed to turn it in, they told me, "If your book is over a word count and if we don't like it, we can reject it. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. During that time, he spoke with us and went on the Today show. There are special forces. Remi also served as the youth Pastor of his local Church from November 2010 to June 2013. And I was like, "What? And I was thought, "Yeah, you're right.". Free trial available! Remi holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and a master’s degree in strategic leadership, both from the University of Charleston. The third arm of it, which is the arm that I pretty much run, for the most part, is the mentorship program. By the time I got on the airplane and was about to take off, I found this one female name, Googled it and found that she owns an event-planning company. Remi Adeleke. Find out what your cat is trying to tell you with a new cat app, Princess Diana died when Harry was just 12 years old, Engineer Creates App To Translate Your Cat, The Sweetest Photos of Princes Harry with Diana, Sean Connery's Cause of Death Revealed Weeks After He Dies at Age 90. He enlisted in 2002 as a corpsman with a strong desire to become a Navy SEAL , a passion that remained strong even after his first attempt at BUD/s only to be dropped at the final phase, which he says was his “worst day in the military.” One, just one, prayer. Write a book,'” says Adeleke, who welcomed his third boy six weeks ago. My wife will tell you, I was depressed. After years of making regrettable decisions, Remi joined the Navy in 2002 and later became a Navy SEAL. We’ve all at one point or another had to pull duty on a holiday and the news is demoralizing. Can you loan me some money?" Fast-forward to 2017, I went on the Today Show to promote "Transformers" because I was acting in the film. That's a sad story. So, they produced "Ozark" and they produced "The Accountant" and a bunch of other films. That's crazy!". After I got out, I would go on trips to go speak somewhere or to go do like some small little contract job somewhere. I'm a person of faith, so prayer helped me a lot. I hope the Pentagon will read my story and, as my platform grows, I'm gonna advocate for more chances. Remi doesn't back away from the truth about his younger days, and he's not afraid to describe some of the conflicts he faced while he served. And that's how I got my book deal, with help from Kathie Lee Gifford. I can get up to the pool by running on the road, but it would take me a lot longer. You need to go all the way in or you don't do it. | There was a trail which skirts Lake O'Neill that was shorter, but the thing was there were so many rattlesnakes. So, I capitulated. No ifs, ands or buts. Ending his successful naval career in 2016, he was led to pursue a career in writing, speaking, and acting. I mean indigenous animals, I don't mess around. And I didn't want to pimp the Trident, so to speak. Did you have to research if you were in the clear with the statute of limitations before you decided to put those stories in the book? Remi's mother was American, and his father was a tribal leader in his native Nigeria. She said, "Remi, I'm serious. “I had to learn everything.”. Did you use their names? It was to be a father. Wow, she was just amazed. You would write it to inspire people. And she says, "Yes, that was my cousin." As I'm at the San Diego Airport getting ready to fly out, I decide to just try and find Tiana's family. Anyway, that's what inspired me. I was just blown away after I saw how many women played a massive role in me being where I’m at today. It really did suck. Remi was born into riches and wealth. When I found working with inner-city kids and giving back in that way, when I found traveling and inspiring people's story, whether it's verbal or whether it's through [writing] or whether it's through acting, whether it's through writing a film, because I write films now as well. God has blessed Remi with a multitude of experiences as a minister of the Gospel. His mother took Remi and his brother back to the Bronx, where she raised the two boys as a public school teacher. After deciding to spend more time with his family at home, he got a phone call from someone who worked for filmmaker Michael Bay. “I was still stuck in my old ways, and I hated the training,” he says. I didn't like it, but at some point there were going to be brighter days. I just can't. It was a few things. I met so many guys as I was getting ready to go to SEAL Training, the two times that I went, who were like, "Remi, I'd like to come work out with you.". When you were serving at Camp Pendleton, you weren't really on a career path that would lead someone to becoming a SEAL. I still have the email from the vice president. La Mesa City helps with human trafficking because human trafficking is a huge thing in San Diego, as well as domestic violence. We weren't being monitored by PR staff trying to keep him on a schedule, so we just talked for a while and probably could've kept going all day, but I'm not sure anyone wants a book-length conversation between the two of us. I wanted to be a SEAL. If she didn't get me in the Navy, where would I be now? When it was time to write my book, I was too scared to write the book. I needed to go stand in front of the judge and advocate on his behalf so that he would be released into my custody and the custody of the nonprofit instead of going to prison. After that, they never trained with me again because I train really, really hard. Why not write a fiction film about a kid from the Bronx who has found his way into the CIA and he's a James Bond-type guy? About two years later, I went back to SEAL training.”, RELATED: U.S. Navy Seals and Retired Police Join Forces to Rescue Human Trafficking Teen Victims. I'm about to turn in my last rewrite and, after that, we're taking it to market to studios and production companies, and we'll go shop it as a franchise. The Navy has a plan to get more sleep for sailors. If you would like to opt out of browser push notifications, please refer to the following instructions specific to your device and browser: How This Man Went from Being a Troubled Teen to a Navy SEAL: 'I First Had to Hit Rock Bottom'. Remi Adeleke has an amazing story to share, and the fact that he served as a Navy SEAL is almost incidental to his epic tale. I wrote it right after I wrote the book, and I just handed it out to people in the industry just to see if I was onto something, and everybody felt it. “I told her okay, she walked me to Harper Collins, and that’s how it all happened.”. Remi Adeleke, Actor: Transformers: The Last Knight. This time around, he “flew through SEAL training” and out of the 270 people in his class of 2008, he was one of the 29 who graduated. As a misdemeanor, not a felony. I was humbled. I wish that I had the chance to see her, but I'm now friends with her family. And there are people who have done the equivalent or worse. My mom tells me a switch turned in her head at that moment in time. There was a CIA story in the book that I had to take out, and it was only like about four or five paragraphs. I like songs here and there. I'm going to just shoot it straight. I said, "Read the previous chapters that I sent you before we do anything else, and I'm going to rewrite this entire chapter that I'm reading now.". When that switch turned in my head that said, "I'm going to be a Navy SEAL," everything that I had seen my mom do, as far as depending on herself, I did. So I fought with my publisher for two weeks to change the word count and they finally budged and changed the word count to 130,000 words, no more than that. “I was using that money to fund a record company because that was my dream.”. I tell people that all the time. The funny thing is I called my lawyer and I said, "Listen, I need you to make some phone calls to find out if I'm clear to mention this, or if I'm gonna end up in federal prison." Is there any music from the 21st century that connects with you, the way that that stuff did when you were a kid? And I was just like [yells]. “Tiana asked him if he could give me a chance and expunge my record so I could enlist.”. I know my mindset, and I know that I'm just getting stuff on paper first and then I'm going to go back and cut. You need to really write a book. Every Sailor has a story. When people hear his story, their eyes widen in awe and exclamations soon follow. It was going be for like five, six years. He got into misdemeanors, and she came back off her deployment and connected him with one of her friends and got him in the Air Force. His biggest project was one of the first manmade islands in the world, now known as Banana Island. I know that this is a hard decision for me, but everything has just worked out for me. When I got out of the SEAL Teams, that echoed even further. The book is here, and it's amazing. Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. I was just a mess because Tiana saved my life. And I know where they're gonna end up; they're gonna just end up back in the streets selling drugs or doing something that they're not supposed to be doing." My story is a prime example. It took Adeleke getting into a “very bad deal with a drug dealer” who showed up at his apartment and threatened both his life and his mother’s for him to “wake up and change everything”. I read them, and they were horrible. We have houses and apartments that we put domestic violence victims in for a period of time until they can get on their feet. And if you're not here, I'm started." Episode 140 - Remi Adeleke Remi Adeleke was born in Western Africa and moved to New York City with his mother and brother following the death of his father. Remi Adeleke is just a real man who took ownership of his life, his mistakes, his shortcomings and took control through faith, hard work, and a unwavering goal to become a Navy Seal. We talked for three hours, and I told him about the book. But people who served with you at Pendleton are going to know who you're talking about. After his service as a Navy SEAL, Remi Adeleke had a role in Transformers: The Last Knight. Why did you decide to write it? Hip hop doesn't have as much influence on me as it did years ago. Come with me; I'll get you in the Navy." In the book, you talk about how much your mom hated your music. “And it didn’t start off well.”. They're going to have what they need, and you are going to do the work.". They could work in tandem. I said, "What?!?!" So, we would be sitting at our lunch table in SEAL Training, and guys would be like, "Remi, how'd you end up here, dude? I pushed myself, and I did the work. That's another thing that my mom taught me. It was something that needed to happen. Since leaving the Navy in 2016, he has appeared in Michael Bay's movie "Transformers: The Last Knight" and participated in a high-profile Jockey underwear campaign. If you want something, you go through me," and she hangs up the phone on my mom. And I would just tell 'em that I went from Africa, my dad was a millionaire, we moved to the Bronx and all the stuff I did in the Bronx. What's your story?" And if you haven't conditioned yourself to push yourself, you're not going make it. Ending his successful naval career in 2016, he was led to pursue a career in writing, speaking, and acting. "If you just quit now and don't turn it in, all you have to do is pay us back $50,000." What advice do you have for me?" I work with a nonprofit now in San Diego called City Hope Now, where I deal with the worst of the worst kids, society's most written-off kids, single-parent kids, all that. Another great thing in the book is how you write about the Notorious B.I.G. Originally, my mom was supposed to write with me, but I just started writing and it is what it is now. Two weeks later, I was on my way to Atlanta to go because I work with a lot of inner-city, at-risk-youth nonprofits. So I wanted to write it for those people. And before he was a Navy SEAL, he was a drug dealer in the Bronx. Remi Adeleke has an amazing story to share, and the fact that he served as a Navy SEAL is almost incidental to his epic tale. So, I call the event-planning company and this person picks up. Our primary goal is to take it to a studio for them to pick it up. Explain what you mean when you say "go to market.". She walked into my publisher, HarperCollins, and she told him, "You need to sign this guy to a book deal right now." And they're like, "Man, that's a crazy story.". And I was like, "Yeah, but, Ma, I forgot her name, so I don't know if I'll ever find her again.". When I landed, we spoke on the phone and I went straight to his house from the airport. Infantry weapons create an incredible amount of noise, but adding suppressors helps muffle their audible signature. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Adeleke signed an endorsement deal with the clothing company Jockey and had a role in Transformers: The Last Knight, which came out in 2017. They call me on holidays, and we're messaging each other all the time. Who the hell do you think you are? Anyway, she connected him with me. Or even if it's a medium-sized offense or even if it's a second offense, we have to be willing to look at it in a case-by-case basis and see if we can do something to help change the trajectory of this person's life. She did a great thing by sneaking you into the Navy." Next Select Service Army Marines Navy Air … Remi Adeleke is known for his work on Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), 6 Underground (2019) and Invasion. “They said what I was doing was an act of patriotism and if that Tiana could vouch for me, then they would say okay,” he recalls. Remi Adeleke was born in Western Africa, but following the death of his father, he, his mother, and brother relocated permanently to the Bronx in New York City. I Googled her name and, when I Googled her name, I found out that she had died of a rare autoimmune disease in 2006, four years after I enlisted. I'm not going to water it down. Hayden Harris with a gunshot wound to his head on Dec. 19. There are kids who need a second chance. It's fitting that Remi Adeleke ended up finding work in Hollywood blockbusters like Transformers: The Last Knight after leaving the Navy. After years of making regrettable decisions, Remi joined the Navy in After years of making regrettable decisions, Remi joined the Navy in I'm confident in you because you're my son." God brought about an incredible transformation in the life of the “Transformers” star. They said, "Yeah, that's what we contracted you for this book." I don't know why your publisher made you hire me. Get push notifications with news, features and more. No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire And he said, "Let me call you back in five minutes." Actor Remi Adeleke’s remarkable faith journey that led him to … So that's what that process was for me. Have you encountered other people who had to lie to get into the Navy? The U.S. has maintained a near-continuous aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf region since May 2019. What's the name of your movie? So, when I found my purpose, that's a game changer and that's important for veterans, especially guys that struggle with PTSD. The word "Insider". Thanks for speaking with us and thanks for being so open in your book. So yes, something has to change, whether it's a program or they can work with the justice system. That's for sure. I'm not proud of it. Remi Adeleke is a former Navy SEAL, having served in Naval Special Warfare and with SEAL Team 3 from 2002 to 2016. Tiana would tell them, "Listen, I see where your life is going. Introducing ... PEOPLE's Products Worth the Hype, Transformed: A Navy SEAL’s Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds. My father, you know from the story, died when I was five. I figured that out in the first three lines that he didn't know the whole story. I … I wasn't going to depend on somebody to teach me how to work out. Nominate Them For A $1,000 Prize From AARP, Marine Awarded for Saving Elderly Woman from Deadly Viper Attack, Veteran Left Homeless Gets New Tiny House for Christmas, Coast Guard Repatriates 110 Haitians Aboard an Overloaded Boat, New Naval Strategy Zeroes in on China as Biggest Long-Term Threat to the US, Congress Authorizes New Arctic Icebreakers for Coast Guard. Ending his successful naval career in 2016, he was led to pursue a career in writing, speaking, and acting. Colonel Owen G. Ray has been suspended from his job as I Corps chief of staff pending a law enforcement probe into the case. I said, "Listen, I'm a Navy SEAL. She loved it. She did the same thing for him. They said, "You need to hire a ghostwriter to write the rest of this book because of the way you're writing. After years of making regrettable decisions, Remi joined the Navy in 2002 and later became a Navy SEAL. What did your mom say to you after she read the book? You don't need anybody to help you. Remi Adeleke is gifted. Those people should not be allowed in the military. FOR CUT STORIES FROM BOOK GO TO TRANSFORMEDBOOK YOUTUBE •Writer•Actor•Masters from UCWV•Strasberg Alum•Former Navy SEAL•Nigerian born•Bronx raised I'm always trying to learn and get better as a writer. It was just a decision point. Remi is a recent Navy veteran. Coyote Ugly Turns 20: Where Is the Cast Now? No, my mom, she never really came around to it. She read it and she was just blown away. If people who are reading your story want to get involved in the charity work you do, what are the organizations they can look up to support that work? When you truly want something, you don't need anybody to push you. So, five minutes later, the phone rings, and my mom answers it and it's her cousin's wife. I'm a man that's trying to be a businessman like Jay-Z is a businessman, be a husband like Jay-Z is a husband. When I fired him, I told the publisher, and they freaked out. Raised in the Bronx, this former U.S. Navy SEAL was launched into a Hollywood career with a role in “Transformers: The Last Knight” and commercials for AT&T, the Army (believe it or not), and Jockey. The interesting thing is that every single guy who trained with me, they were kind of depending on me to push them. Remi holds a During two deployments with the SEAL Teams Remi volunteered as a Lay Leader for his team-conducting weekly church services, as well as Bible studies. I made these mistakes, I did do this. Discover Transformed as it's meant to be heard, narrated by Remi Adeleke. Tiana also had her brother and mom and dad. It was when he made an appearance on the Today show that year to promote the film that host Kathy Lee Gifford told him he needed to write a book. At 8 years old, he began to steal, and when he went to high school, he began selling drugs and running a fake sneaker business. I'm a city boy, so I hate snakes. So, going into inner-city schools, building relationships with kids who are in single-parent homes and helping them out. After my father died, my mom called up her cousin and said to him, "Listen, my husband is dead, we have absolutely no money, I don't know how I'm gonna feed the kids, I don't know what I'm going to do. So I said, "Give me the weekend to think about it." Just to see my kids light up and see my kids so happy that I was home, or even times when I was on the phone with them and they were upset that I was gone and they were crying, "Daddy, please come back home," that was just confirmation for me that I made the right decision. How did you handle that depression? That's just the reality of it. I don't listen as much as I used to. But, you know what? I remember I would have to run these trails because the long route was the road route. I just went through the whole story with her as fast as I could because the plane was getting ready to take off, and told how her cousin snuck me into the Navy. He asked if he could stay on as the editor, but I said, "No, I'm writing this." I think that's important for all veterans, especially like guys who come from the background of special operations. What we don't do here is spoil the details of the incredible stories he tells in the book. 's influence on you as a kid, how his poetry spoke to you. Users on Twitter posted an image of a man and woman wearing what was purported to be a proposal for the dress uniform. In that same process, I said, "Well, what is the maximum word count?" She was the first person that read it, actually. I hate to fire myself, but you just need to write." This is really good; I'm so proud of you." After years of making regrettable decisions, Remi joined the Navy in 2002 and later became a Navy SEAL. I wrote this film and it's called "The Chameleon." 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