Captain Richard Phillips Speaks With ‘CBS Sunday Morning’
via press release:
PHILLIPS TELLS CBS NEWS NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT DAVID MARTIN: “I WAS HOPING FOR A RESCUE, BUT I THOUGHT THE CHANCES WERE SLIM TO NONE THAT THAT WOULD BE SUCCESSFUL”
Captain Richard Phillips, who was at the helm of an American cargo ship captured by Somali pirates in 2009, thought he would be killed, he tells CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD to be broadcast Oct. 6, 2013 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
Phillips’ harrowing story of being taken hostage and held by pirates inside a lifeboat has been turned into the film “Captain Phillips,” with Tom Hanks in the lead role as the captain.
“I did not foresee a good ending because I saw the determination that, that the pirates had, and they weren’t going to give me up,” Phillips tells Martin. “I was hoping for a rescue, but I thought the chances were slim to none that that would be successful.”
The U.S. Navy was in the area, but Phillips couldn’t see a way out of the predicament. At one point he tried to escape, but was captured.
Hanks talks with Martin about the film and director Paul Greengrass’ efforts to recreate the incident. Indeed, to build tension, Greengrass purposely didn’t introduce actor Barkhad Abdi, a Somali-American who plays the lead pirate, to Hanks before filming the first scene.
“Boom. The next thing we know, some very scary guys were pointing guns in our faces, screaming at us, and even though we knew what we were doing, it was pretty terrifying and exciting moment all the same,” Hanks tells Martin. “I found them so convincing that I, my lower lip began to tremble a little bit and the hair was standing on the back of my neck. You cannot believe that someone is that skinny and that scary and that fast and has that much malevolence and seriousness in their eyes.”
Martin also speaks with Abdi and Navy Hospital Corpsman Danielle Albert, who has a small part in the film.
CBS SUNDAY MORNING is broadcast Sundays (9:00-10:30 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.