Real life heroes star in Clint Eastwood French attack movie

From Reuters - February 8, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In 2015 they were hailed as heroes by U.S. President Barack Obama and given Frances highest honors.

This week, the three American childhood friends who overpowered a man wielding an assault rifle and a box cutter on a passenger train to Paris are starring in a Clint Eastwood movie about the attack, and its feeling a little surreal.

Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos from Sacramento, California, play themselves in the movie The 15:17 to Paris, opening in U.S. movie theaters on Friday.

After meeting the three men in their 20s at an awards show, Eastwood decided to make a film, but rather than casting actors, the Oscar-winning director called on the friends themselves.

Three weeks before shooting, hes like Do you guys want to do it yourselves? and we were like What? The movie starts in three weeks and we never took acting classes,' Sadler said.

(Eastwood) was like Dont worry about it. Were just going to go and do it.'So he just kept it simple and said Be yourself and were just going to capture it, he added.

The trio were on a train from Amsterdam to Paris on a European vacation on Aug. 21, 2015 when a suspected Islamistmilitant opened fire on passengers.


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