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Movie Fact #25 - September 11th, 2020


In respect for the anniversary of 9/11, let's talk about the only Oliver Stone film that didn't have a political angle. One that he himself defends was a simple dedication to the heroism and sadness of the day with little-to-no political themes. I am, of course, talking about his 2006 film World Trade Center which took great care to be authentic. The real ESU (Emergency Services Unit) police from New York who are depicted in the film—Scott Strauss (Played by Stephen Dorff) and Paddy McGee (Played by Stoney Westmoreland)—were on set as technical advisers.

In addition, the firemen in the film were played by real FDNY members who served on 9/11 because all of them enthusiastically supported the film and its intention to accurately portray the rescue of John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno, who were the main subjects of the story. While played by Nicolas Cage and Michael Peña, respectivel, McLoughlin and Jimeno appear at the end of the film during the barbecue scene, but were also involved in the writing of the film as well as the overall production (Along with their wives!). In other words, the film was made for heroes, by heroes. Stay tuned!

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