Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LOCAL FOCUS -

HAV­ING the men whose life story he was telling on the set of his film The Finest Hours was “nerve-rack­ing” for Aus­tralian di­rec­tor Craig Gille­spie.

The film, in cin­e­mas on March 3, re­counts the true story of the Coast Guards’ dar­ing res­cue in 1952 off the coast of Cape Cod when two oil tankers were split in half dur­ing a mas­sive storm.

Sur­vivors Andy Fitzger­ald and Mel Gouthro vis­ited the set of the film, which stars Chris Pine and Eric Bana.

“I didn’t ac­tu­ally meet them un­til they were on the set, so it was ac­tu­ally a lit­tle nerve-rack­ing, but they were very mod­est about ev­ery­thing and just shrugged when any­one called them he­roes,” Gille­spie said.

“It wasn’t this sense of aware­ness of the life and death na­ture of what they did and the jeop­ardy that was in­volved… it’s like it was un­ques­tion­able, like it was just the thing they did. They just went on with their lives.”

Gille­spie said he was drawn to the pro­ject be­cause it asked the au­di­ence what they would do.

“What I loved about this script is it re­ally makes you think about what you would do if you were given the choice of step­ping up and do­ing some­thing which takes a lot of courage for some­one other than your­self, and I love that premise,” he said.

“There are a lot of thrills in this story.”

Craig Gille­spie on the set of TheFinestHours with Andy Fitzger­ald and Mel Gouthro.

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