“We had two pirate attacks over 18 hours,” says this crew member, not just the one shown in the film. Everything going to be okay.”, The movie is based upon Phillips’ book, A Captain’s Duty, released in 2011. But is it true that he ordered the entire drill completed anyway? [24] A fourth pirate, Abduwali Muse, aboard the Bainbridge and speaking with military negotiators while being treated for an injury sustained in the takeover of Maersk Alabama, surrendered and was taken into custody. Of Irish descent, Phillips was born in Massachusetts, and graduated from Winchester High School in 1973. By the end of Friday, opening day, he had seen the film. In the film, Muse wields an AK-47, and refers to Richard Phillips as 'irish'.

", Another crew member, chief engineer Mike Perry, is reputed to have been the real hero of the ordeal, despite having only a small presence in Greengrass's film. Today he tells The Post, “I was already a hostage,” but remains vague on the exchange. One of the crew mutinied — he refused to do it, instead going below deck, sleeping with his boots on and his flashlight by his side, waiting for the inevitable.

“No one wants to sail with him,” he says. Captain Phillips proves that America is awesome. “His plan [was], when the pirates come aboard, we throw our hands in the air and say, ‘Oh, the pirates are here!’ The chief engineer said, ‘We’re going downstairs and locking ourselves in.’ One of the mates said, ‘Let’s go down. The crew member said Phillips, who went on to meet Barack Obama and write a memoir, refused to cut power and lock himself and the crew below deck in line with anti-pirate protocol. After a two-day standoff, on April 12, 2009 Navy SEALs kill three of the pirates, capture Muse, and rescue an unharmed Phillips. He told them he wouldn't let pirates scare him or force him to sail away from the coast. [14] The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation secured the ship as a crime scene. “The mate called up and said, ‘Do you want to stop the drill?’ They [the boats] were seven miles away. “Let’s tighten up security!” he orders. In their version, Phillips was the victim of a botched exchange. “Yeah, seven miles. Crew members of the Maersk Alabama, which suffered the raid off the coast of lawless Somalia in April 2009, told the New York Post the titular hero played by Tom Hanks in Paul Greengrass's critically acclaimed film was far from heroic. Perhaps the best lesson to be learned is not in the movie itself. We didn’t know the exact situation.”. Richard Phillips. His book was packaged as the story of a man who gave himself up for his crew, which Phillips later said was a false narrative spread by the media. In the film, it’s a security drill. Your California Privacy Rights Post was not sent - check your email addresses! • Interview: Tom Hanks talks to Hadley Freeman, Tom Hanks stars in a hijack sea thriller that gives a global context to forces driving pirates and terrorism, writes Peter Bradshaw, Available for everyone, funded by readers, Stolen Seas director highlights plight of Somali-American ransom negotiator now in a US jail awaiting trial on piracy, Tom Hanks is superb as the captain of a hijacked ship in a nail-biter that manages to tell both sides of the story, writes, Crew of ship owned by US security firm AdvanFort charged with illegal possession of arms and entry into Indian waters. Thanks for contacting us. [18][19] He later pleaded guilty to hijacking, kidnapping and hostage-taking charges and was sentenced to over 33 years in prison. Awesome! While the remaining crew waited for the Navy to reach them, they sat and wondered: What just happened? Captain Phillips debuted strongly this weekend at the US box office and opened the London film festival last week, as well as screening at the New York film festival. Phillips denies this, and says the boat only picked up speed. There was nothing we could do. Not all of the crew cooperated with the movie, and those who did were paid as little as $5,000 for their life rights by Sony and made to sign nondisclosure agreements — meaning they can never speak publicly about what really happened on that ship.

Left for him, says the crew member, was a detailed anti-piracy plan now used by all ships per the International Maritime Organization. ", Another crew member, chief engineer Mike Perry, is reputed to have been the real hero of the ordeal, despite having only a small presence in Greengrass's film. Gretchen Whitmer blasts Trump over 'lock her up' chants at Michigan rally, 'Die in a fire': Twitter employees reveal deep hatred for Trump, This extra large cast iron cookware set is on sale for 30 percent off, Save up to 65 percent on 28 refurbished Apple iPads, Boost your resume with this $40 self-paced Microsoft Excel training, Learn how to play the guitar, piano and drums from the comfort of your home, Fenty Beauty offers 25 percent off sitewide for Friends and Family Sale, Piglets try to suckle from kitten in cute video. Sailors who endured the real-life attack by Somali pirates which forms the basis of Oscar-tipped thriller Captain Phillips have condemned the version of events shown in the film. Most of this is accurately depicted in the movie — until, Perry has said, the moment of exchange, when the Maersk crew tries to swap the pirate for Phillips. . [11] The crew attempted to exchange the captured pirate, whom they had kept tied up for twelve hours,[12] for Phillips. Phillips is actually being sued by some of his former crew members for sailing too close to the Somali coast when there had been an international warning of the danger of pirates. Indeed, just days before the release of the film, U.S. Navy SEALs raided a Somali town in a strike against the pirates. [13], On April 8, the destroyer USS Bainbridge and the frigate USS Halyburton were dispatched to the Gulf of Aden in response to the hostage situation, and reached Maersk Alabama early on April 9. Phillips, he says, had a bad reputation for at least 12 years prior, known as a sullen and self-righteous captain. On Saturday, April 11, Maersk Alabama arrived in Mombasa, still under U.S. military escort. "No one wants to sail with him," he told the Post. For some of the crew, it was too much. It didn’t go down like that, say several crew members: The pirates just reneged on the deal, grabbing their guy and making off with Phillips in a Maersk lifeboat. "He didn't want anything to do with it, because it wasn't his plan," said the crew member. Perry said he and other crew believed Phillips had a perverse desire to be taken hostage. “And he goes, ‘Oh, no, no, no — you’ve got to do the lifeboats drill.’ This is how screwed up he is. Cut in Egyptian Aid Linked to White House Ties to Muslim Brotherhood? All of this is the basis for “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks as the titular, real-life hero. Do Not Sell My Personal Information.

This is the second Captain Phillips movie trailer. “We said, ‘You want us to knock it off and go to our pirate stations?’ ” the crew member recalls. In 2009, he told ABC News he was taken after promising to show the pirates how to operate their escape boat. Sitemap "It is just horrendous, and they're angry. What’s the dif?” the crew member says. “Because he went through that area, and the company is sending him e-mails, and I know he saw that chart [of prior attacks] 50 times.”, “It is galling for them to see Captain Phillips set up as a hero,” Waters said. “Phillips wasn’t the big leader like he is in the movie,” says one crew member, who, for legal reasons, spoke with The Post anonymously. "Captain Phillips" star Tom Hanks with Capt. In the film, Hanks tells his crew — depicted as lazy coffee guzzlers who fall back on the security of their union-protected employment — that their job is to get the cargo ship from Point A to Point B in the shortest, cheapest time possible. "[7][8][9], According to Chief Engineer Mike Perry, the crew sank the pirate speedboat shortly after the boarding by continuously swinging the rudder of the Maersk Alabama, thus swamping the smaller boat. Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi makes TV debut on 'Five-0’, Why there are 9 Best Picture nominees at this year's Oscars, Showbiz veteran blasts Oscar nominees in ballot peek, Drugs near 2 ex-SEALs found dead on 'Captain Phillips' ship, CNN's Jake Tapper spars with Lara Trump over Biden's 'cognitive decline', Trump says damning info found on Hunter Biden's laptop is the 'real deal', Biden campaign warns Trump 'neck and neck' in several key states, Gov.