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Why Clint Eastwood gambled (and won) using the real heroes to star in '15:17 to Paris'
Three young Americans who are playing themselves in a Clint Eastwood-directed movie about how they foiled a terrorist attack in France say their actions were guided by God. The to Paris , which opens in the US and UK in early February, recounts the dramatic events of 21 August when the three friends launched themselves at a man carrying an automatic AK47 and other weapons on a crowded train. The acclaimed actor-director asked the trio to play themselves in the movie, along with others involved in the incident. As well as focusing on the onboard action, the film tells the backstories of the childhood friends who were hailed as heroes. On the day, Ayoub el-Khazzani , 25, a Moroccan national, allegedly launched the attack shortly after the train, with passengers onboard, crossed into France en route from Brussels to Paris.
The film stars Stone, Sadler, and Skarlatos as themselves and follows the trio as they stop the Thalys train attack ; Judy Greer and Jenna Fischer also star. Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos are attending a suburban Christian middle school. They bond over their interest in guns, and are often sent to the principal's office for disciplinary action.
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T he authentic courage of three American heroes who foiled a terrorist attack has been anti-alchemised by Clint Eastwood into a strangely boring, dramatically inert film in which the main characters remain as opaque and unreadable as sphinxes to the very last. But there is some interest in this film nonetheless because of the experimental chutzpah Eastwood has showed in using — not Chris Hemsworth, not Bradley Cooper, not Trevante Rhodes — but the three actual guys stolidly playing themselves. The attacker, one Ayoub El-Khazzani, being now incarcerated, was not available for filming. The men themselves were Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler; two were from the US military, trained in combat and first aid, and at least one had a strong Christian faith. While backpacking in , the three tackled a heavily armed jihadist terrorist on a train from Amsterdam to Paris — saving dozens of lives.
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