Move over A-list celebs: Three American heroes will get to play themselves in new Clint Eastwood movie

When Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, and civilian Anthony Sadler tackled Ayoub El-Khazzani on a Paris-bound train to thwart a terrorist attack in August 2015, the last thing that was on their minds was that they’d be cast in a movie about it someday.

But Hollywood director Clint Eastwood, a big fan of real-life heroes, is about to make it a reality, according to Fox News.

In this Aug. 24, 2015 file photo, French President Francois Hollande bids farewell to U.S. Airman Spencer Stone as U.S. National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos of Roseburg, Ore., second from left, and Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University in California, right, look on after Hollande awarded them with the French Legion of Honor at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

A Tuesday announcement by the film’s studio confirms that the three childhood friends from California have been cast to play themselves in the upcoming Eastwood movie “The 15:17 to Paris,” which will be based on a book they co-wrote about their heroics.

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U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, left, Anthony Sadler, center, and U.S. National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos at a news conference after the incident (screenshot)

The movie will portray their lives from childhood all the way to the day they helped bring down El-Khazzani, who was armed with a pistol, a box cutter, and a Kalashnikov rifle and had opened fire inside the Paris-bound train.

Of the incident, Skarlatos told Fox News in May, “I still think about it every day. I get nightmares from time to time.”

“It was just kind of a gut response. I guess I was just lucky that I was able to do something and not freeze up. That was the biggest thing I was grateful for because when you think about something like that, you never really know how you’re going to react until you actually do and so I was grateful I didn’t just sit there in shock,” Skarlatos said.

Though the conservative filmmaker has made several movies about real heroes, including “Sully” and “American Sniper,” he never before used the actual subjects in the place of star actors. Although Skarlatos did appear on “Dancing With the Stars” not long after the incident, the men have no real acting experience.

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Given the insane amounts of liberalism that affects Hollywood these days, giving the jobs to a few amateurs instead of pampered stars surely can’t hurt, and will likely result in an even better finished product!

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