Men who stopped train at­tack to star in Clint East­wood film

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

The three Cal­i­for­nia men who thwarted a ter­ror at­tack on a French train in 2015 will make the rare move of play­ing them­selves in a Clint East­wood-di­rected film about their hero­ics, a stu­dio an­nounced Tues­day. Air­man 1st Class Spencer Stone, Ore­gon Na­tional Guards­man Alek Skar­latos and civil­ian An­thony Sadler, all child­hood friends from Cal­i­for­nia, will star in “The 15:17 to Paris,” a film based on the book they co-wrote about tak­ing down a ter­ror­ist, Warner Bros. said in a state­ment. The film, which be­gan pro­duc­tion this week, fol­lows the lives of the three friends from child­hood to the evening when they helped sub­due the man who opened fire in­side a train trav­el­ing from Am­s­ter­dam to Paris. The Sacra­mento-area men were va­ca­tion­ing in Eu­rope when they tack­led Ay­oub El-Khaz­zani, a man who au­thor­i­ties said has ties to rad­i­cal Is­lam. ElK­haz­zani had boarded the Paris-bound train with a Kalash­nikov ri­fle, pis­tol and box cut­ter. The film will be the lat­est of sev­eral about real-life he­roes that East­wood has taken on, in­clud­ing 2014’s “Amer­i­can Sniper,” and 2016’s “Sully.” But the leads in those films were played by Os­car-nom­i­nee Bradley Cooper and Os­car-winner Tom Hanks, re­spec­tively, not their ac­tual sub­jects. It’s com­mon to give cameo roles to the sub­jects of films that don’t re­quire more than a line or two, but this case is nearly un­prece­dented in re­cent Hol­ly­wood his­tory. There are no re­ports of the men hav­ing any act­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, though Skar­latos ap­peared on “Danc­ing With the Stars” soon after the Paris in­ci­dent. Nearly all who have played them­selves on screen were ac­tors to be­gin with, such as Ku­mail Nan­jiani in the cur­rent re­lease “The Big Sick” or John Malkovich in 1999’s “Be­ing John Malkovich.”The stu­dio’s state­ment did not elab­o­rate on what prompted East­wood and Warner Bros. to cast the men.

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