New Clint Eastwood Movie is a Celebration of Real American Heroes

Clint Eastwood’s latest film “The 15:17 to Paris” tells the story of three U.S. citizens who stopped a terrorist attack on a train in 2015.

On August 21, 2015, Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone overpowered a heavily armed gunman who had opened fire on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris, according to The Guardian.

The film is based on the book the three men wrote on the experience, and the newly released trailer shows scenes of their friendship, childhood and trip to Europe, according to The New York Times.

In Eastwood’s last dramatization of a real life rescue, the 2016 film “Sully,” he recruited Tom Hanks to be the hero. This time, he has recruited the actual men to act as themselves.

“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?” Eastwood told the U.K. Telegraph. “And the more they thought about it, the more they got with it.”

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While none of them have acting experience, stars such as Jenna Fischer of “The Office,” and Judy Greer of “The Descendants” are shown in the trailer.

“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,” Eastwood added.

In a behind the scenes video by the Telegraph, Sadler said, “It’s kind of like living it twice. We’ve experienced something amazing so it’s coming full circle.”

“The whole thing has been kind of mind blowing for me; to be referred to as heroes is kind of a trip,” Skarlatos added. “And to be honest we are just incredibly grateful we survived that day.”

Eastwood concluded that “it hasn’t been a conscious choice to make movies about heroes, but this is an interesting story about regular people doing extraordinary things.”

Twitter users chimed in:

However, some said they would not watch the movie because it was made by Eastwood:

The film with the tagline “In the face of fear, ordinary people can do the extraordinary” is set to open on February 9, 2018.