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'The 15:17 to Paris' debuts with Oregon hero

Spencer Stone (left) and Alek Skarlatos in the movie "The 15:17 to Paris." (Photo: Warner Bros.)

Some real-life heroes, one with Oregon ties, are making their debut on the silver screen.

Friday marks the nationwide release of “The 15:17 to Paris.”

Clint Eastwood directed the film that depicts the 2015 foiling of a terrorist attack on board a Paris-bound train.

The three friends who kept a gunman from going on a rampage play themselves in the film. That includes Roseburg native Alek Skarlatos.

Moviegoers at the Lloyd Center reacted to the film Friday:

“The action part was good, but that was basically the end of the movie,” said Wayne Bliesner, who enjoyed the movie.

“I liked it really a lot,” said Karen Wackerley. “I didn’t know what to expect. I just kind of read a blurb on the internet about what it’s going to be about. I said, let’s go see that.”

The alleged train attacker still hasn’t gone to trial. His lawyer says the film will bias the jury pool.


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