Clint Eastwood is currently doing the rounds with promotional duties for his new thriller The 15:17 to Paris which tells the real life story of three American friends, two of which were off-duty soldiers, who found themselves in the midst of a terror attack which lead to them confronting a terrorist who opened fire on a train from Amsterdam to Paris in August, 2015.
The film is unique in the fact that the lead roles are played by the actual men themselves, Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos.
Never one to shy away from a political debate, the veteran actor and director was happy to give his take on political correctness, stating that it is “weakening society” and went on to say that he’s “never cautious” about what he says;
“I’m never cautious about what I say because, you know, I’ve been around a long time, what can they do? The political correctness era that we’re in is really not doing anyone any good. It’s taking everyone and weakening society. It doesn’t seem that people have to take themselves so serious. It seems like, I’m just lucky that I grew up in an era where we all lived in an area where everybody joked about everything. Nothing was politically incorrect because everything was always a joke with a sense of humour. People sometimes are losing that and taking themselves and everyone else seriously. I think they’re missing a lot and not enjoying the differences that we all have.”
The film has thus far received som rather poor reviews with The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw describing it as, “excruciatingly dull backstories”, whilst Empire called it, “thematically muddled and dramatically inert”.
Sources: Yahoo Movies, HeyUGuys.
The 15:17 to Paris is on general release in the U.K. and US now.