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Riveting Interview: Three American Heroes Discuss Real-Life and Acting Roles in Clint Eastwood's 'The 15:17 To Paris'

Josh Shepherd : Feb 8, 2018 : The Federalist

"All these factors went our way," says [Anthony] Sadler of their train heroics. Among several inexplicable coincidences, he cites how the three almost stayed longer in Amsterdam and changed seats midway through their train ride. "We feel we were being used by God."

[TheFederalist.com] The story came and went in 2015 with the freight-train speed of our 24/7 news cycle. Three 20-something friends, two serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, were traveling on summer vacation. A Moroccan man boarded the train they were on, concealing an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and 270 rounds of ammunition. (Photo: In this Jan. 27, 2018 photo, Spencer Stone, from left, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler, pose for a portrait to promote the film "15:17 to Paris" at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. The trio, who famously thwarted a potential terrorist attack in August 2015 on a Paris-bound train, play themselves in the film/Credit: Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP/via ABC News go)

An extraordinary series of events led Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos to neutralize the would-be terrorist, despite being unarmed. On Friday, director Clint Eastwood brings their story to the big screen in "The 15:17 to Paris."

Dirty Harry—er, Eastwood—is known for the grit he lends biopic films. In "Sully," Tom Hanks played the titular commercial airline pilot America knows from the "Miracle on the Hudson." Bradley Cooper donned fatigues to portray Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in "American Sniper"...

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