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 (10/15-10/21)
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1. Just a NY girl with BIG dreams....
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2. HAPPY CHILDREN=QUALITY PARENTING. We don't always see eye to eye on everything and that's normal. We're human beings. But we come together and do it right for what's important, the kids. We are not enemies, we are parents. And we are parents 1st. S/O to @monyettashaw for making Mason's bday memorable. S/O to @itscrystalsmith at home taking care of our other lil' Prince. ❤️❤️❤️ THIS IS WHAT CO-PARENTING LOOKS LIKE. #Blessed #Happy #AboveTheDrama #BiggerThanUs
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3. So happy to finally be able to share with you all that I’m the new Global Brand Ambassador for @Revlon! Follow my day on RevlonSnaps. Yay! Choose Love, Everybody! #RevlonXCiara #chooselove #ad
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4. Glam on point!!!@makeupbymotoko & @shaylinjoneshair #easybreezy @lifetimetv #beachesmovie #january2017 😘
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5. ✨True love ✨📸: @jessiemarrerophotography
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7. Today was not easy..but by the grace of God we all got through it. Words cannot express our gratitude for all of your Prayers, Positive thoughts and Support for us throughout the years. Tommy will be missed but most certainly never forgotten...And PLEASE don't ask "Where's Martin?.." he was there too...just not in this picture. Lol! God bless you all.. #LoveConquersAll #MartinShow
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9. West coast get ready for #RockyHorror. I will be live tweeting again. #letsdothetimewarpagain
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10. #THEKEYS pre order yours now ... Available everywhere #NOV22 #WeTheBest 🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑
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11. We about to ROCK at #KCABlackBall!! All for our life-changing effort to end 🌎 AIDS.
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12. Today's #SNAPJACK is brought to you by @yazzthegreatest 😂😂😂💋💋💋
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13. Damn girl you kinda old to be headed to the Go Go. You coming in at the age they leaving. LMAO
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14. Daddy daycare B-Boxin with @acewellstucker @shopraisingace
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15. #FBF Naviyd & URV "LIL MONSTERS"
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16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST LEGENDS IN OUR HIPHOP HISTORY! @snoopdogg CONTINUED BLESSING AND LOVE FAMILY!!!!! REAL OG!
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17. Thank you for a beautiful night VSU! Let's do it again! #HOMECOMING
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18. Had a great time this morning with my familia Erica, Griff & Truth!!
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19. Check out my interview on @essence facebook live. #inmyownwords #nycpromo #day2
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20. #She💋 #tbt #TheCoveAtTheAtlantis #DawgPawsAndAll
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21. Bae #retailtherapy
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22. Why me and @coryhardrict got the same pose... and notee... new mouth #naked
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23. When my husband is my personal 'hype-man'! it kills me every time! 💜😂 #WHATNOW #lostfiles📷
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24. Diggy Simmons
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25. Hand full of @jacquieaiche 💙💎💍 @esnail_la 💅🏾
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26. SuperSoulers! You can watch my interview with Carl Lentz live from my Facebook page, tomorrow at 11a ET| 8a PT. #SuperSoulSunday
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27. 💋 .. When the friendship is easy like Sunday morning. ☀️
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28. Sunday mornings are the best........... hugs and cuddles with my angel
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29. #huggar16 #hellohuggars
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30. My gym is everywhere!.. #RnBMoney #TheGeneral 📸: @twelvepastseven
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31. Nothing I would rather be doing... Rocko setting up our movie, Romelō working on a puzzle & Laiyah singing and sharing all she's learning at school... I'm so grateful for the joy they've brought into my life ... Praying for peace , joy & love in the home of EVERY family ♥️ #HeadScarfPJSunday LOL 😂
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