Cassian Elwes Heps Subdue Unruly Passenger on JetBlue Flight
by Kimberly Nordyke
8/20/2012 5:14pm PDT
The "Lawless" executive producer tweets that a man punched him in the ribs before authorities took him into custody after the flight made an emergency landing in Denver.
It sounds like something straight out of a movie.
On Sunday, a JetBlue airplane made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport after a passenger became unruly, physically attacking and cursing at his fellow passengers -- and well-known film sales agent and producer Cassian Elwes (Lawless) says he played a big role in helping authorities take the man into custody.
According to KMGH-TV Denver, Flight 677 had left John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, bound for Los Angeles. Midflight, a man sitting near Elwes began exhibiting signs of strange behavior; the producer tweeted a play-by-play after the incident was over, calling the man "Hoodie."
"Hoodie wants to get up. he walks to the back & stands in the galley for 10 mins just staring at the metal wall," he wrote as part of a series of tweets. "The stewardesses ignore him. ... He starts ripping up a magazine and licking the paper. Then he starts sticking the magazine pieces to the mini tv in front of him. The wife calls the stewardess who comes and tells him to stop. Then he wants to get up again. This time he walks to the front. I feel uneasy and I go back & tell one of the ladies that he's acting weird. And I'm really not sure that its a good idea that he's hanging around the front where all the buttons are for the doors."
Later, an off-duty air marshal sat down next to the man.
"They exchange a few words," tweeted Elwes, a fixture in the independent film world. "I'm right behind and now hoodie starts shouting at the guy f--- you many times. Hoodie tries to get up but air marshal blocks him. More f--- yous. Hoodie throws his vodka at him but it lands on the couple in front of him."
So Elwes offered to "just talk" to the man, who tells him that he's a Marine, that he's going to L.A. to work on a "commercial doing construction" and enjoys writing. Picking up on the latter comment, Elwes then tells the air marshal that he thinks he can keep him talking until the plane lands, which he does. Before the plane touches down, though, the man "punches me quite hard in the ribs" and then "whacks me on the thigh."
Elwes tweeted that a pregnant woman told him the man groped her and that she planned to press charges.
Elwes -- whose credits also include Margin Call and the documentary Sarah Palin: You Betcha! -- gave a statement to an FBI officer after the incident.
"I write that I used to be william morris agent and I've dealt with difficult people before and really this guy wasn't that difficult," he quips via Twitter.
And rather than anger, the producer was melancholy over the whole ordeal.
"I replay the whole thing in my mind again as the adrenaline wears off. What's the message what's the point," he tweeted. "I realize the point is these wars are fucking with our children's minds. A whole generation is being sent home screwed up."
JetBlue told KMGH that the plane left Denver at 1 a.m. Monday. As for the reason for the emergency landing, a spokesperson would say only that the flight was rerouted because of a customer service issue.
Video captured by a passenger's cell phone reportedly shows the man being led out of the plane in handcuffs. There is no word yet on the charges he faces.
Elwes' other executive producing credits include the upcoming movies Queen of the Desert, with Robert Pattinson and Naomi Watts, and The Butler, with Alex Pettyfer, Robin Williams and John Cusack.Lawless, starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, opens Aug. 29.
Read Elwes' entire chain of tweets below.
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