Clint Eastwood seemingly found the best way to get around such concerns on “The 15:17 To Paris,” though, by casting Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, the three heroes that thwarted the terrorist attack in France back in August, 2015, as Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos.
Sarah Mauger-Poliak, the attorney for Ayoub El-Khazzani, has asked that showing of the film The 15:17 to Paris be suspended until after a judge reviews evidence in the case.
The three American soldiers concluded he had no firearm experience whatsoever and recalled his gun stalling, which allowed them to take down the alleged ISIS recruit.
Mauger-Poliak said the film presents a “fictionalized” and “one-sided” portrayal of the incident to the public that could prejudice the case of El-Khazzani, who is Moroccan.
“I am aware that my client is not an angel, but let justice do its work,” she said, according to the BBC.
In the attack in August 2015, the three Americans, Air Force serviceman Spencer Stone, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos — both traveling in civilian clothes — and Anthony Sadler, a student at Sacramento State University, subdued the gunman, who was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, 9mm handgun, boxcutter and gasoline.
Spencer first rushed the attacker, who had already shot one train passenger, tackling him, while the other two joined into to help in disarming the gunman, and bringing him under control. In the melee, Spencer was slashed by the assailant’s boxcutter.
The three, friends who were traveling together on the train that departed Amsterdam, were hailed as heroes in Europe and the U.S. after the attack.
Rolling Stone, which gives The 15:17 to Paris mixed reviews, says: “The incident on the train lasted about two minutes, and Eastwood directs the event for every ounce of nerve-frying tension.”
One of the three men credited for stopping a Paris-bound gunman, Stone and his friends Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler met at a Christian elementary school, which instilled in them a sense of faith and belief in service.
After hearing a gunshot and glass shattering, the three courageous young men rushed toward the attacker. Stone held the attacker by the neck but was slashed in his own neck with a boxcutter during the altercation.
Spencer Stone’s father, Brian Stone, told NBC News after the incident, that the gunman was probably taken off guard when his son, who is 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, ran toward the attacker instead of ducking for cover.