Clint Eastwood is a conservative actor, director and producer in Hollywood. He has directed over 50 films and produced some wonderful and heartwarming inspired war films – Hacksaw Ridge, Flags of Our Father and American Sniper. His movie about Chris Kyle, the “American Sniper” earned him several Oscar nominations in 2014. Eastwood is brilliant to say the least.
Recently, it was announced that Clint Eastwood will be producing another movie about heroes, “15:17 to Paris.” It’s based on the three friends in 2015 who charged Moroccan national Ayoub El Khazzani, a terrorist with an assault rifle on a Paris train and prevented several hundred from being injured. The terrorist was later found with enough ammunition to kill at least 500 people.
Eastwood is now prepared to direct a film about another crop of courageous Americans: the three young men who stopped a terror attack on a train in Paris, France. On August 21, 2015, friends Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone jumped into action to subdue a terrorist who was armed with an AK-47. The heroes expounded on their quick thinking in the book “15:17 To Paris: The True Story Of A Terrorist, A Train, And Three American Heroes.” Thanks to Eastwood it will now be turned into a movie.
Skarlatos and his buddies posted the following photo on Instagram with the famed director, along with a touching message.
As some of you may have heard we have had the incredible good fortune to have the legendary filmmaker Clint Eastwood decide to make a movie about the train incident. I know we all loved his movies growing up and he is a personal hero of mine. We are incredibly honored to have this opportunity to have such talented people tell our story, and incredibly humbled because that day could've turned out so different. Thank you all. God is good.
As reported at the time by The Guardian, on August 21, 2015, these three –Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Aleksander Skarlatos and former U.S. Airman Spencer Stone — overpowered a heavily armed Islamic gunman who had opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris, stopping what could have been a deadly terrorist attack.
What happened that day has since become legendary, with the three having published a book last year detailing their harrowing experiences aboard the train. The movie is reportedly based on this book.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Eastwood intends to “begin casting right away to start production later this year” and will be producing alongside Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier, as well as with the help of script writer Dorothy Blyskal.
The three heroes were likely quite pleased by the filmmaker’s decision to direct “The 15:17 to Paris,” given their past experiences with him. Last year, Eastwood presented the three with a “Hero Award” at the 2016 Guys Choice Awards show.
“I’m such a huge Clint Eastwood fan,” Skarlatos later told People magazine. “I’ve seen all of his movies growing up. Actually meeting him in person, having him give us the award. Then we talked with him for like 10 minutes afterwards. It was one of the coolest experiences that has happened to us so far.”
Speaking last November with Breitbart, Sadler added that the three of them didn’t consider themselves heroes, just regular guys put in a situation that demanded their best.
“The narrative is often, ‘Oh, yeah, the military is why these guys were able to do that,’ but I think the book portrays us as just the three regular friends, twenty-something friends that we were, and that we were just put in an extraordinary situation,” he said.
“The circumstances just kind of fell into place where we were able to act and not only save ourselves, but everybody else,” he added.
Clint Eastwood has a knack for telling great heart warming stories of war heroes and soldiers. In 2014, Eastwood directed the film, American Sniper about Navy Seal Chris Kyle. Chris Kyle became one of the deadliest marksman in the military in history with 255 kills in four tours in Iraq. As you can imagine with anyone, the tours took a toll on Chris’ life and family.
Eastwood has also directed other movies such as “Heartbreak Ridge”, “Flags of Our Fathers”, and “Letters From Iwo Jima.” In fact, he’s directed over 50 films and starred in over 40 in the last 50 years. Of course, some of my favorites are some of the older movies – Dirty Harry, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Every Which Way But Loose, and Heartbreak Ridge. Eastwood seems to have a knack at not only picking a good story -whether western, action, comedy or drama, but then transforming it into a heartwarming story of heroes, that as Americans we can all enjoy. That’s a lot more than I can say for some of the other trash coming out of Hollywood.
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