Brings ship­wreck story to big screen

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By REUTERS in Lon­don

The story that helped in­spire Moby Dick is­com­ing­tocin­ema screens in ac­tion ad­ven­ture In the Heart of the Sea, a film di­rected by Os­car win­ner Ron Howard and based on the book of the same name.

Nathaniel Philbrick’s non­fic­tion In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whale­ship Es­sex tells the story of the sink­ing of the Es­sex, an Amer­i­can whal­ing ship, in 1820.

The ves­sel was struck by a sperm whale and its crew was left stranded at sea.

The events are said to have helped in­spire Her­man Melville’s famed novel.

The film’s cast— ChrisHemsworth, TomHol­land and Ben­jamin Walker — had to lose weight for the film.

“It was hard work get­ting down to that weight for all of us but we had a pretty tight unit,” Thor ac­tor Hemsworth said at the film’s Euro­pean pre­miere in Lon­don on Dec 2.

“All the cast­were­doin­git so it was a lot of sup­port as op­posed to do­ing it on your own.”

Bri­tish ac­tor Tom Hol­land, who will star as the next Spi­der­says film­ing the movie was “pretty tough”.

“The im­por­tant thing is that this is a true story about real peo­ple and we had a duty as ac­tors to do jus­tice to th­ese char­ac­ters,” he says.

“Ron (Howard) made sure that ev­ery as­pect of this film was au­then­tic so that meant we had to starve, learn how to sail, really go out to sea, so it was pretty gru­el­ing, but ... all for a good rea­son.”

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