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’15:17 to Paris’ director Clint Eastwood cast the real-life heroes in the train attack instead of Hollywood actors to re-create this true story.
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Go ahead, make Clint Eastwood’s day. Ask for a selfie picture the next time you see him.

The famously gruff Eastwood, 87, loathes having to take fan selfies. 

“I don’t like selfie sticks and I don’t like selfies. Period. But you get asked to do so many of them,” says Eastwood. “It’s a pain in the rear.”

But Eastwood still featured multiple shots of his real heroes taking their own selfies in The 15:17 to Paris (now in theaters).

Star Anthony Sadler especially was fond of taking selfies on his 2015 European trip with co-stars Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos depicted in 15:17 to Paris. Sadler even had the dreaded selfie stick, which is depicted in all its ignominious glory in the movie.

That’s just not Eastwood’s bag.

“We were in Venice and Rome doing these shots. Everybody has these sticks,” Eastwood growls. “And if it’s not the sticks, they are doing this deal, ‘Can you stand next to (me for a shot)?”

Still, Eastwood says selfies were a good gimmick to work into the film to show that these real-life heroes were just regular travelers before they thwarted a terrorist attack on a train heading to Paris.

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When the film crew dropped in to shoot at crowded locations, such as Rome’s Colosseum, all the tourists flocked to Eastwood for pictures and autographs. The rest of the crew could then shot Sadler and Stone recreating their trip in relative peace. “It was a real mess, but it was real fun,” says Eastwood.

“Hundreds are people were going to (Eastwood) while we were shooting there.  He was the perfect decoy. They’d be all over him,” says Sadler.

“He jumped on that grenade,” says Skarlatos.

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The real-life heroes who thwarted a 2015 terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 are starring in their own story on the silver screen.
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