MEETING MODEST HEROES NERVY
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.