It was our pleasure to take some time with the legendary director Clint Eastwood on the recent press tour for his latest film, The 15:17 to Paris.
The film stars the three real-life heroes Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone. Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Ray Corasani, PJ Byrne, Veep’s Tony Hale and Thomas Lennon complete the cast.
James Kleinmann sat down with the Hollywood legend to talk about his connection to the film, and telling the story of real life heroes in American Sniper, Sully and now The 15:17 to Paris. The director also talks about the intriguing story of the men in the film, including their shared childhood and how fate dealt them this hand.
He also discusses the intricacies of designing and shooting the sequence on the train, how they reconstructed the moment to moment events from memory and how he visualised it cinematically. He also speaks to the era of political correctness that he has talked of before, and how he believes it is weakening us as a society.
The 15:17 to Paris is out in UK cinemas on the 9th of February.
Clint Eastwood Interview – The 15:17 to Paris
The 15:17 to Paris Official Synopsis
In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans travelling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.