Having given up acting a few years ago, Eastwood has helmed a series of movies based on true stories that have been epic in both scope and success, including 2014’s global blockbuster American Sniper (the most financially successful film of his illustrious career) and 2016’s hit Sully about the Miracle on the Hudson plane landing. And this Friday sees the release of The 15:17 to Paris, another true story based on the 2015 events in which three vacationing Americans thwarted a terrorist attack aboard a train in France.

Director Clint Eastwood discusses a scene with ALEK SKARLATOS and JENNA FISCHER on the set of "The 15:17 to Paris"
Director Clint Eastwood discusses a scene with Alek Skarlatos and Jenna Fischer on the set of The 15:17 to Paris.

Always one to follow his instincts, after going through casting calls for the three leads, Eastwood decided to have the three American heroes—Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos—portray themselves; a bold move that brings an even more raw authenticity to an already powerful story.

Here are a series of videos from Eastwood and the cast discussing the film to get you ready for Friday’s exciting ride:

Advance tickets for The 15:17 to Paris are on sale now.

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