Monday, 16 November 2015
Here's another selection of photos taken in New York as filming continues on Clint's latest film Sully.
Posted by Clint's archive at 23:28
Taylor Lee is pretty confident in her acting skills, but the 17-year-old Landrum resident couldn't help but be a little nervous around the director of an upcoming film in which she was recently cast.
Lee will appear in “Sully,” a drama directed by Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood and scheduled for release next summer via Warner Bros. Pictures.
“Yeah, I was a little bit star-struck,” Lee said. “Just because he's a big-time director and was an actor in his younger days and a lot of people look up to him, not just from the South but all around the world.
“But I think it's pretty cool that I got to show him what I was capable of. Hopefully, he'll never forget me.”
Lee got the part through a casting agency and filmed her scenes last month in Georgia, where she worked closely with Eastwood.
“He's very humble and down-to-earth,” Lee said of her director. “He knows what he wants in his movies, and he's very quick. He knows time is money, and he's going to get it right the first time.”
The film is based on the heroics of Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, the real-life airline captain who in January 2009 guided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River next to New York City, saving the lives of all 155 passengers.
Lee plays Sullenberger's daughter, Kate.
“I don't remember it personally, but everybody I talk to remembers it,” Lee said of the incident that was major headline news when she was only in the fifth grade.
Of course, she's since learned quite a bit about what was dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson.”
“The fact that Sully safely landed the plane on the Hudson River and everyone was fine is extraordinary,” Lee said. “That takes a lot of guts, to be able to do something like that. I started studying about Captain Sullenberger more and he's a pretty big inspiration. He's very motivational.”
Captain Sullenberger is being played by Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks.
While Lee didn't get to meet her onscreen dad during filming, she was able to spend quite a bit of time with her onscreen mom, Oscar-nominated actress Laura Linney.
“Tom was in L.A. when we were shooting, so I didn't see him, but Laura was absolutely outstanding,” Lee said. “She's a great role model for everybody to look up to. She's very down-to-earth and humble, and, like Clint, she's very professional. It was great to work with someone like that.”
Lee said she expects to have a fair amount of screen time during the film.
“I didn't have any lines, but I had to act quite a bit,” she said. “You'll definitely be able to say, 'Hey, there's Taylor.'”
But her family and friends won't have to wait until next summer to see Lee on the big screen. She was an extra in “The 5th Wave,” a science-fiction thriller premiering in January.
Despite her recent successes, which also include music recordings, Lee considers herself just another Landrum High School senior.
“I just try to stay as much Taylor as possible,” she said. “I don't want to be this person who changes just because they get a role in a movie or their songs are on iTunes.
"I want to be a small town 'Hey, I go to the same school as you' girl. I'm not a huge deal. I just want to stay as humble as possible.”
That's not to say she isn't setting her sights high as an actress.
“It's been about three years since I decided, 'Hey, this is what I want to do with my life,'” said Lee, who caught the acting bug after starring in plays at Landrum High. “The next big step is to get a speaking role.
“It all starts with one line, and it takes just one person to say, 'Hey, I want you to be in this movie,' so I'm going to keep on doing what I'm doing and put forth even more effort.”
Posted by Clint's archive at 22:50
Friday, 13 November 2015
He may have two Oscars to his name, but Tom Hanks is not above taking direction on the film set.
Of course it helps when the director is five-time Oscar winner himself, Clint Eastwood.
The two screen legends were spotted on Wednesday on location for their latest film Sully, which tells the story of heroic Hudson River Crash pilot, Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger.
Looking remarkably like the real deal, the scene appeared to call for the 59-year-old to jog along the East River, the body of water on the opposite side where he would make his amazing crash landing that saved all 155 of his passengers.
Dressed in black trainers and tracksuit bottoms with a navy zip-up fleece top, Tom sprinted along the waterfront plaza while the crew looked on.
Tom also had to dye his hair white for the role, which he recently spoke about to Yahoo!
'It’s very hard to dye my hair white, it turns out,' he said. 'It took a lot of time and eventually they had to stop doing it, because it was white enough, and the lady at the salon said, "Your scalp can’t take any more of this."'
Meanwhile, 85-year-old Eastwood, wearing a green parka and an FDNY baseball cap, silently stared at the monitors as his star got to work.
In 2009 the real Captain Sully averted tragedy when he made an un-powered crash landing after the plane's engines were hit by a flock of geese, in what was dubbed the Miracle on the Hudson.
Sullenberger and writer Jeffrey Zaslow retold the epic story in their book 'Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters', which Eastwood has adapted for the movie.
Captain Sullenberger, 64 - who retired in 2010 and now campaigns for flight safety - has previously said he is looking forward to seeing the film.
He said in a statement: 'I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood, and veteran producers Allyn Stewart and Frank Marshall.'The project could not have found a better home than Warner Bros. Pictures. This is truly a dream team.'
Laura Linney plays his wife Lorraine Sullenberger, while Aaron Eckhart stars as the fateful flight's co-pilot Jeff Skiles.At the time of the crash, Sully was hailed a hero not only for saving all 155 souls on board, but also the countless potential victims he spared by managing to steer away from the heavily populated Manhattan. He somehow guided the lifeless Airbus A320 past the packed George Washington Bridge, missing by just 900 feet.
After safely overseeing the evacuation of all his passengers - including a mother and baby - he walked the length of the downed jet twice to ensure no-one was left behind, before leaving last of all himself.
Posted by Clint's archive at 17:32