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POST TIME: 2 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
The 15:17 to Paris
By Jude Dry

The 15:17 to Paris

If anyone knows how difficult actors can be, it’s Clint Eastwood. Maybe that’s why he chose to cast non-actors in his latest directorial effort, The 15:17 to Paris, which recently released a dramatic new trailer worthy of its clunky title. Returning to ground he found fertile in 2016’s Sully, Eastwood depicts the true story of passengers on a French train who overtook an armed terrorist in 2015, preventing a potential mass shooting. Eastwood cast many of the real passengers to play themselves in the movie, including three Americans _ Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone.

In the trailer, the three off-duty soldiers are joking around about European Coke cans when they suddenly hear shots fired. Filmed in dramatic slow motion, passengers run down the aisles as the butt of a rifle dangles menacingly from an anonymous hand. The trailer then jumps to scenes of the Americans’ military training, childhoods, and conversations pondering life’s greater purpose.

In a behind-the-scenes clip, Eastwood explains what led him to return to the themes of everyday heroism, as well as the power of asking the three men to relive their own experiences on film.

"It hasn't been a conscious choice to make movies about heroes, but this is an interesting story about regular people doing extraordinary things," Eastwood says. "I had looked at a lot of actors, good actors, but I was looking at the guys and I kept looking at their faces and finally one day I just said, do you guys think you could play yourselves?" he recalls.

"And the more they thought about it, the more they got with it. And it turned out they [all] had a natural gift, and it also was a bit of a catharsis for them to go back and relive the moment."

Professional actors Judy Greer, Tony Hale and Jenna Fischer also star in the film, which arrives in cinemas February 9, 2018. n

Source: indiewire.com