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Harrison Ford had a role in Sully — behind the scenes, that it.
Sully producer Frank Marshall revealed during The Hollywood Reporter‘s Producer Roundtable that Ford was responsible for getting the story of the Hero of the Hudson, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, to the big screen.
“[Ford] was at a dinner at the White House, an aviation dinner, and there were all of these aviation heroes, and one of them was Sully,” Marshall said. “This was six or seven years ago.”
The retired airline captain apparently picked Ford’s brain about his recently written memoir, 2009’s Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, when he asked if it could be a movie. Harrison told him to give his friend Marshall — with whom he worked on the Indiana Jones films -— a call.
“He gave Sully my phone number, and that’s how it all started,” Marshall recalled. “I went to the publisher in Beverly Hills, and there’s Sully, and I’m awed by this man, and he trusted Harrison and he trusted me, and he said, ‘OK, I’m going to give you the rights.'”
When asked if Ford wanted to star in the film, himself, Marshall said, “I don’t think so. I asked him, of course. But no. I think Harrison wanted to just give us the gift of the story.”
THR‘s Producer Roundtable also featured La La Land producer Marc Platt, Jackie producer Darren Aronofsky, Fences producer Todd Black, Silence producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Manchester by the Sea producer Matt Damon. Read the full story here and watch more with Marshall below.
More roundtables featuring actors and actresses, screenwriters, songwriters, directors, composers, and documentary filmmakers will continue to roll out throughout February in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting Jan. 15 on Sundance TV and look for clips at THR.com/topic/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.
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