Three brave Americans, Spencer Stone (U.S. Air Force), Alek Skarlatos (U.S. National Guard) and Anthony Sadler (Pittsburg, CA) confronted a heavily armed jihadist on a French train during a terrorist attack in 2015. Clint Eastwood is making a movie about the event. After a wide-ranging search for actors, he chose the actual heroes to play themselves in the movie.
Actors will play the men as childhood friends since the movie begins with their early lives and ends with the day of the attack. But the real-life heroes will have sizable roles.
The men risked their lives to save the innocent people on a train as a terrorist attempted a mass slaughter.
U.S. Air Force Spencer Stone charged the terrorist who was using an AK-47, tackled him and suffered severe wounds in the confrontation. Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and civilian Anthony Sadler, his friends since childhood, were also heroes.
The terrorist, Ayoub el-Qahzzani, had nine full magazines of ammunition holding almost 300 rounds, a hand gun and a box cutter.
The three Americans and one British tourist were awarded France’s highest honor – The Légion d’Honneur medal.
Oscar winner, actor and director Clint Eastwood’s movie will be based on the lives of the three friends and the events on that fateful day.
The movie is called “The 15:17 to Paris”.
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The Sacramento-area men were vacationing in Europe when they tackled Ayoub El-Khazzani, a man who authorities said has ties to radical Islam. El-Khazzani had boarded the Paris-bound train with a Kalashnikov rifle, pistol and box cutter.
Skarlatos told Fox News in May about his famed August 2015 brush with terror in Europe, “I still think about it every day. I get nightmares from time to time.”
Looking back on the terror attack that changed his life, Skarlatos recalled, “It was just kind of a gut response. I guess I was just lucky that I was able to do something and not freeze up. That was the biggest thing I was grateful for because when you think about something like that, you never really know how you’re going to react until you actually do and so I was grateful I didn’t just sit there in shock.”