So says the crew of the Maersk Alabama.
Via NY Post
It’s made for Hollywood: the story of an average American family man, captain of a cargo ship in dangerous waters, his vessel overtaken by armed Somali pirates demanding ransom, saving his crew by allowing himself to be removed from the boat and taken hostage.
All of this is the basis for “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks as the titular, real-life hero. The only problem, say some members of the real Capt. Phillips’ crew, is none of it is true.
Capt. Richard Phillips, they say, is no hero, and the film is one big lie.
“Phillips wasn’t the big leader like he is in the movie,” says one crew member, who, for legal reasons, spoke with The Post anonymously. He worked very closely with Phillips on the Maersk Alabama and was alarmed by his behavior from the beginning. Phillips, he says, had a bad reputation for at least 12 years prior, known as a sullen and self-righteous captain.
“No one wants to sail with him,” he says.
After the hijacking, 11 crew members have sued Maersk Line and the Waterman Steamship Corp. for almost $50 million, alleging “willful, wanton and conscious disregard for their safety.” Phillips is a witness for the defense.
“The crew had begged Captain Phillips not to go so close to the Somali coast,” said Deborah Waters, the attorney who brought the claim. “He told them he wouldn’t let pirates scare him or force him to sail away from the coast.”
- ‘Captain Phillips’ crew members claim mariner’s no hero in lawsuit (nydailynews.com)
- The Maersk Alabama crew speaks out about Captain Phillips (ac360.blogs.cnn.com)
- “Captain Phillips” – The movie and the lawsuits (by the crew) (lawandmore.typepad.com)
- Captain Phillips (2013) (tenstarsorless.wordpress.com)
- How true is the true story of ‘Captain Phillips?’ (Video) (bizjournals.com)
As much as I hate to admit it, I saw Blue Jasmine with my wife recently and I must say, it’s a good movie to see. While I could have waited to see this film on DVD or Netflix streaming, my wife wanted to see this movie this weekend.
Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett as a socialite who re-evaluates her life after getting caught up in a financial scandal of her husband’s, was very good. Woody Allen wrote and directed the movie which I must say reminded me a little of Mia Farrow in Alice. This was better than another of my favaorite Woody Allen flicks Whatever Works which starred Larry David. This was one of his better movies and was well done, well directed, and most certainly well acted. I thought the ending could have been a little better though.
Saw this fantastic documentary this weekend thanks to Mary Katherine Ham. Sonny Bunch has an awesome review of the film at this link. I will just add to that if you like and admire the brave men and women that put their lives on the line for us every day, go see this film. It gives an awesome look into one of the bravest Navy SEALs ever.
When you have seen the movie, consider supporting the Manion Foundation. The foundation, named in honor of another brave young man, Marine 1Lt. Travis Manion, does great work.
To see if this documentary is playing in your area, visit this link.
Great read at Wired. Check it out at this link.