July 13th, 2017

Those three train heroes will portray themselves in the Eastwood film

This is a movie I plan to put on my “to see” list:

In an unconventional move, Clint Eastwood has tapped Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone to play themselves in his next movie, “The 15:17 to Paris.” The film will tell the story of the three Americans who stopped a terrorist on a train bound for Paris…

Following the news that this would be his follow-up to the box office hit “Sully,” Eastwood began a wide-ranging search for the actors who would portray the three Americans. The studio and Eastwood made their choices but at the 11th hour decided to have Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone portray themselves.

Sources say that, while the three will have good-sized roles, the film is expected to begin during their childhood and show their friendship leading up to the moment that changed their lives. That means the roles will not be full-on leads.

I don’t think Eastwood would do this if the three hadn’t screen-tested well. After all, he wouldn’t want to make a bad film. I remember how telegenic and articulate I thought they were, in addition to their heroism and modesty and just plain niceness, when they were in the spotlight doing interviews.

6 Responses to “Those three train heroes will portray themselves in the Eastwood film”

  1. Ymar Sakar Says:

    At least he won’t be getting actors that are channeling spirits and doing automatic writing for their acting success. That’s something at least.

  2. Richard Aubrey Says:

    Sounds like the movie will follow the book, which would follow, I suppose.
    It jumps around the lives, young and younger, the education, and so forth of these three guys. It does the same for the gunman.
    I did an article for Good Men Project in which I suggested that the military background of Skarlatos and Stone was a minor part of their makeup. They were not, I said, hard-faced noncoms from the Foreign legion, Delta or SEAL operators, or US paratroopers after their third deployment.
    Stone was a medical tech who did martial arts on the side, Skarlatos was a National Guardsman, and Sadler had no military training.
    The National Guard is an American thing; even our part timers can kick your ass. For college students, being called up is like a gap year. You travel, you meet interesting people, some of whom try to kill you and you kill them, and you get paid.
    Ninety percent of what these guys are and did is being an American young man.
    The subhead in the GMP article was in keeping with GMP’s mission. “Are we forcing our boys into the man box?” Actually, no, we’re allowing it. Mostly.

  3. parker Says:

    In Clint I trust. We will gladly watch this; like Grand Torino, American Sniper, etc. We watch Outlaw Josie Wales twice a year. Revenge is a normal human desire. It is what makes us human. No other animal kills for revenge. It is in our DNA.

    The hard left has perhaps learned this lesson, but does not realize we have the skills they lack.

  4. Ymar Sakar Says:

    Japanese got loads of movies about revenge, Parker.

  5. Lizzy Says:

    Looking forward to this film. Will be interesting to see if they can act. They did the same thing with “Act of Valor,” with active duty SEALs portraying SEALs.

  6. GRA Says:

    @ Richard: “Good Men Project”

    Is this he same GMP, maybe it was another similar project, that had articles about so-called negative masculinity and how men should be feminists (or something like that)?

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