Tom Hanks and director Paul Greengrass tell Fresh Air’s Dave Davies about filming the pirate attack scene in Captain Phillips:
Greengrass: I didn’t want them to have become friends because in the end the job was to come through that door and terrorize and threaten and be believable. So we kept them apart, and it’s sort of the trick you play, I’m afraid, when you’re a director. You’re trying to create moments that everybody is looking forward to in a shoot … something that’s two, three weeks down the road where everybody is going, “That’s going to be an exciting day when those two groups meet each other.” And I think it got everybody excited, and there was a good tension in the air.
Hanks: We had seen little dots on the horizon because they had been working on the skiffs far away … it was tense. We were scared in the best way possible because we know the guns aren’t loaded, but those guys … came in pumped up with all of the anxiety of being there in the first place, and all the expertise they had learned, all the work they had done, so … when they blew that door open and came in screaming at us, I saw four of the skinniest, scariest human beings on the planet and the hair did stand up on the back of our heads. It was chaotic. It seemed like the rules had gone right out the window. In one way, we’re just trying to survive the scene.
The film is now nominated for 6 Academy Awards
Actors: Barkhad Abdi (left), Hanks, and Faysal Ahmed
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“Well, let me say first of all, it’s a great drama,” Carter told CNN’s Piers Morgan in an interview that aired Thursday. “And I hope it gets the Academy Award for best film because I think it deserves it. The other thing that I would say was that 90 percent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian. And the movie gives almost full credit to the American CIA. And with that exception, the movie is very good.”
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