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Continued: C.J.: Capt. Phillips leaves the acting to the actors

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 18, 2014 - 10:19 PM

A I’m not a producer. I’m a sea captain and I hate when people come onto my ship telling me what to do, so … I don’t know about that. I think some of the home-life connection would have been good, but it would have interfered with what the director was doing. He boiled it down, man-in-peril-on-the-sea and did a good job.


Q Does the movie make you second-guess anything you did?

A No, not at all.


Q Was there anything in your training that prepared you for what you went through?

A Oh yeah, in all our trainings, even if it had nothing to do with security and piracy.


Q Was that moment, when you wrote a note to your wife because you thought these pirates were going to kill you, the only time you have ever thought you were looking at death?

A I really didn’t write. There was no pencil and paper in the lifeboat. I did it in my mind. There’ve been a few other times there was a thought, but nothing that was as close as this.


Q Was it a blow to your body or head that hurt more?

A It was my head because I was being hit by the pistol. I was bleeding. As I say in my book, my sister hits harder than them. It wasn’t really that bad.


Q Did you ever imagine Minnesota Somalis would be cast in the pirate roles?

A It was a strange irony where they got them. And they did a great job. They weren’t actors. Barkhad Abdi especially should get some [nominations]. [And Abdi did.]


Q Would you consider the meals served on the ship fine dining?

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