The Cape of Auden, near the Somalian coastline, is one of the most dangerous waterways in the world. The impoverished African country, victimized by the dumping of toxic waste by foreign vessels as well as its own civil wars, struck back by resorting to piracy, hijacking commercial ships coming into the area. In the new movie “Captain Phillips” Tom Hanks plays Richard Phillips, the American captain who survived the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship and was rescued by a Navy SEAL team.
“We certainly took license,” Hanks told the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “Things happened that never did, things were said that never was. But in condensing down one fascinating story from one detail to the next [director] Paul Greengrass went an extra mile to have some brand of empirical truth to what we did. We did not take ludicrous liberties with what went on. We didn’t blow motivations out of proportions. We drew substantially on Rich Phillips’ book and his own recollections and a lot of after-action reports and facts once it was all done and they had become unclassified.”
Hanks says that as dramatized in the film, that the piracy problem still exists, despite the military action that was taken that landed one of the surviving pirates in jail for 33 years.
“There are six or seven groups of pirates that are out there being old school pirates just like there always has been,” Hanks says.
Now, he says, cargo ships do have armed guards. Until the Maersk Alabama was taken, part of the problem for pirates was gaining access to ships, which were much higher than their lifeboats. On the Maersk, the pirates configured a ladder to reach it.
Tom Joyner jokes that he’s sure that Chris Rock is in makeup as one of the pirates, but Hanks corrects that assumption.
“My now good Somalian friends Barkad, Barkhad, Mahmat and Faysal, together do not weigh as much as Chris Rock weighs. (The actors, ironically enough, are Somalian-Americans from Minnesota.), “Those are some skinny people. Barkhad Abdi, who plays the main guy, was watching TV and something came on and said ‘Somalis wanted for movie’ and he went the next day with like, 800 people.’”
“Captain Phillips,” is in theaters Friday.
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (11/26-12/2)
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1. Little Legend and Puddy 😍😍😍😍
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2. "You on point Phife?" "all the time,Tip". 💥 #bannedfromnormal
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3. Vegan! The Impossible burger at Crossroads
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4. Lawrence #BeforeandAfterEpisodes 1-4: 184lbs 13% body fatEpisode 8: 196lbs 8% body fat S/O @coachdaveboxing with the works outs and @kildareriordan with the nutrition
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5. Jus haaaanngin out
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6. Meanwhile back at home in Atlanta GA someone mad they not on the 🛳. 😳
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7. No limits... Photo cred: Chris Bridges @ludacris
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8. new new
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9. Apparently my 260lbs is too much for the actual vines in the Hawaiian jungles to hold me without breaking and me falling hundreds of feet. So for safety purposes, I'm forced to swing thru #Jumanjj on wires strong enough to hold 12 adult buffaloes and 1 adult Rock. #OnSet #Jumanji #IronicallyIEatBuffaloDailyForLunch #MoreManThanNatureKnowsWhatToDoWith
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10. hey ma! 🎎#wcw 💙
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11. Surprise visit to our factories!!! #GoodAmerican #USA
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13. Peachy Keen 🔥✨⚡️
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14. If this don't look thankful I don't know what does. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. #UltraBlessed #24kMagic #SweetPotatoFly
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15. Late nights @nbcmarlon with the writers... we in here!!!
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16. There goes my baaaaaaaaabbbbyyyyy #QueenKingMagic!!! We're up to something! Ira BIG!!! Stay out our buisness -
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17. You want to win every game you play but when you come home to these faces... who cares. #ILoveYouGirls best part of my day, everyday!
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18. Steady,steady..... full size jenga.. "I got this one "???? Or do I ?
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19. Cornrows kind of day 😉@dontaysavoy2 you convinced me and I love. ❤️️
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20. #BrotherlyLove #tbt
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22. #basel #TeamLOVE @kingcombs
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23. Just introduced a special screening of @directher 's groundbreaking (must see) documentary @13thfilm with my brother @themichaelealy | @unitedblackout #blackoutblackfriday
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24. Me & Vanessa Williams giving #DuckLips #Pose on the set of #DaytimeDivas @vh1 - Coming Soon to a tv near you. Lol. - My make up done by @makeupsurgeon
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25. This picture just makes me wanna praise the Lord, you hear me!!!!!! Yes Lord brotha #TEDDYCAMPBELL What a #man !!! You are everything right on this picture husband ......... #gorgeous #stylish #classy #strong #masculine #king #sexy #debonair #gentlemenstyle And that #bible in your hand just seals the deal for me (probably cause i know that, that is what helped you become just as amazing as you look😘). While my heart and mind experiences the goodness of God at #church on Sundays, my eyes experiences the goodness of Teddy😍. Amen somebody🙌🏽. "Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name" #myman #myhusband #goodman #blackman #dapperman #godlyman #goodfather #mybestfriend
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26. Yesterday was my mama's 53rd birthday!!!!! Got to celebrate with her all day. If this is what I have to look forward to I can't wait. Looking like a soft bucket a cocoa butter. Yaaaaaaaaaas! 😍😍😍 love you mommy!
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27. "Shout out to @PureAtlanta for getting the family right"....I'm loving this jogger. 😍😍
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28. This pic warms my heart ❤️ #myLogiebeans and aunt aunt umba @itowandabraxton 😘
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29. You will always be my baby😜. #HappyBirthdayReginae #mybaby18
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30. GC "Gods Child" Red on Red SweatSuit available now at www.MonicaApparel.com ... Take Your Crown wherever you go!! I'm pictured in a Medium... Go to the site now for other options ... cc: @trukernell
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