‘Captain Phillips’ Director Paul Greengrass Explains Why the Closing Scene With Tom Hanks Was So Authentic

This story appeared in OscarWrap: Director/Best Picture/Screenplay/Animation.

“Captain Phillips,” the true story of Richard Phillips’ abduction by pirates off the coast of East Africa, turned into the hardest project ever for director Paul Greengrass, who knows about challenging shoots. Filming on a gargantuan cargo ship and a claustrophobic rescue craft, Greengrass brought together real-life Somalis and the Oscar-winning Tom Hanks for gripping drama and bravura performances on the high seas. The director, the star and the intrepid Barkhad Abdi, in his first acting role, spoke to TheWrap about the experience.




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