Vastavam web: In 2015 they were hailed as heroes by U.S. President Barack Obama and given France’s highest honours.This week, the three American childhood friends who overpowered a man wielding an assault rifle and a box cutter on a passenger train to Paris are starring in a Clint Eastwood movie about the attack, and it’s feeling a little surreal.After meeting the three men in their 20s at an awards show, Eastwood decided to make a film, but rather than casting actors, the Oscar-winning director called on the friends themselves.
“Three weeks before shooting, he’s like ‘Do you guys want to do it yourselves?’ and we were like ‘What? The movie starts in three weeks and we never took acting classes,’” Sadler said.They helped overpower the man, and Stone plugged the wounds of another passenger with his fingers after being struck himself by the attacker. Two other passengers were wounded and the attacker was arrested when the train stopped.
Stone is glad the film also honours the other people who sprang into action. In the film, many of the passengers are the same people who were on the train in 2015.”A lot of the times the story is depicted that we were the only ones who did anything,“ he said. ”For them to be honoured for what they did in such a big way is awesome because it’s something we’ve always wanted but we just didn’t know how we could do that.