Four years ago, the entire world watched as a crew of Merchant Mariners were saved after their ship was hijacked by a gang of Somalian pirates. That story is being retold on the big screen. The new multi-million dollar movie is called Captain Phillips after the man who did all he could to save his crew and his ship. YNN's Cara Thomas had a chance to speak with the Captain and has his reaction to the film.
UTICA, N.Y. --His story is known around the world; a story of pirates, captivity, and ultimate bravery.
"I just think it's such an incredible story of heroism and the will to survive because so many people wouldn't be able to go through what he went through," said Joya Giambrone, with MVCC's Events Department.
On Saturday, Captain Richard Phillips himself traveled to MVCC to tell his story first hand to a packed house.
He began by saying, "It was hard, heck I was nervous, I was scared. I was worried; I really didn't know how it was all going to turn out. But enough about my wedding day; let me talk about what you brought me here to discuss."
Phillips told his story from the very beginning. From why he decided to be part of the Merchant Marines to what was going through his head when the gang of pirates first hijacked his ship. It was that scene in the movie that he said touched him the most.
"You look into the eyes of Tom Hanks you can see the fear, just as the fear was there in my eyes during the incident," he said. "I had lost pretty much all control once those pirates boarded and took the bridge so I was just trying to take baby steps and take some control back no matter how small of a thing it was," said Phillips.
Phillips said the accuracy of the film is pretty close. Some of the timing was off, due to the 5 day incident being compressed into a two hour movie. But he said, there's only one thing he would have changed.
"One thing I didn't like was the name, 'Captain Phillips.' Because it makes you think it's only Captain Phillips out on the Maersk Alabama and it's not. It was 18 other men out there with me, my crew, who were instrumental in the positive outcome for them and I," he said.
Phillips said he learned many valuable lessons through his captivity. He shares those words of wisdom as he travels across the country telling his unique tale about "A Captain's Duty."