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In “13 Lives,” Ron Howard Directed the Thai Cave Rescue

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It may be common not to reveal the outcome of a film, but Ron Howard learned years ago Apollo 13,that knowing the end of a story is different from knowing the story itself. And while the rescue of the Thai men’s soccer team and its coach in 2018 is considerably fresher in our collective memory, the director saw in it a similar opportunity.

“You might know from the headlines that things went well, but you don’t know what kind of personal struggles might be in store for the key characters,” Howard said. “Through dramatization, good acting, scenes and filmmaking, you begin to emotionally connect with the characters in a way that you can’t with a documentary or news coverage.”

Somehow, the story was tailor-made for a Hollywood production with its happy ending and his simple acts of heroism. The 18-day saga has already inspired a great documentary, The Rescue‘ (Rescue in the deep), and various other projects.

One of the few images from the film, which premieres this Friday on Prime Video.

One of the few images from the film, which premieres this Friday on Prime Video.

But the reality of doing Thirteen Lives (13 lives), which is currently showing in theaters in North America starting Friday it will be available on Amazon Prime Video, was an enormously complex task and at times distressing. Even Howard said that he ranks in the “top quadrant” of his most challenging films.

And it wasn’t just about the difficulties of filming dangerous cave diving in the narrow underwater corridors of Tham Luang Lang Non, which were recreated for the film by production designer Molly Hughes, but about telling the stories of all the people who contributed to the success of Mission Impossible.

Ron Howard, winner of two Oscars, both for "A Beautiful Mind", as producer and director.  AFP Photo

Ron Howard, winner of two Oscars, both for “A Beautiful Mind”, as producer and director. AFP Photo

As everyone quickly realized, there were quite a few people worthy of being on camera. There were the British divers and the Thai Navy SEALS, of course, but also the parents, the children and the coach in the cave, the civil servants who managed the crisis and the thousands of foreign and local volunteers who contributed in small and large ways. ways.

“I felt a bit like an orchestra conductor”Howard said. “Logistically it was very complicated. And I felt a deeper responsibility to get this right on behalf of those involved than with any other movie I’ve done based on true events.”

Due to travel restrictions by the COVID-19, most of the filming took place in Queensland, Australia, with additional scenes in Thailand that Howard had to direct remotely.

Viggo Mortensen on the red carpet at the recent Cannes Film Festival, where he presented "Crimes of the Future."  Photo EFE

Viggo Mortensen on the red carpet at the recent Cannes Film Festival, where he presented “Crimes of the Future”. Photo EFE

With Viggo and Colin

Naturally, however, there is a focus on the British divers who swam the boys and the coach out of the cave one by one. The roles attracted the actors Viggo Mortensen (as Rick Stanton) Colin Farrell (as John Volanthen) and Joel Edgerton (as Doctor Harris), who developed a close relationship with their real-life counterparts.

From the outset, the plan was for the actors to do part of the cave diving and complement it with stunt work. There would be a dive supervisor, Andrew Allen, and an underwater director of photography, Simon Christidis. But at some point in the intense three-week training, the decision was made that the actors would do most of the cave scenes themselves.

I blame Viggo’‘ Farrell said, laughing. “He was the one who insisted we do it. While we were at it…”

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“I didn’t exactly have a major panic attack, but there were moments of anxiety,” admitted Colin Farrell. AP Photo

“It was as safe and controlled as it could be, but there were a couple of times it was pretty stressful,” Farrell said. “I didn’t exactly have a major panic attack, but there was moments of anxiety, a very real anxiety. I guess I’m describing a kind of panic attack, albeit a mild one.”

But everyone was also well aware that their experience was only a tiny fraction of what was at stake in the actual do-or-die mission. It wasn’t a set, Mortensen said, where people complained about breakfast burritos, coffee or the weather, especially with real divers nearby.

The demand was great. It was difficult” said Tom Bateman, who plays diver Chris Jewell. “But we just got close to some amazing people. No one complained once.”

“I’m very happy to be in this movie, not only because it’s Ron Howard and it’s a great adventure story and it’s also very entertaining, but it’s an important story”Mortensen said. “It’s an example of people doing the right thing together and a lot of people selflessly volunteering for the right reasons, for the greater good, and that’s remarkable these days.”

“It should be more common than the selfish, greedy, power-hogging, competitive, dishonest behavior that many leaders exemplify around the world. When you see people not doing that, you say, ‘Oh yeah, humans are capable of that. It’s possible. Why not have more of that? It’s not just a Hollywood movie. This really happened. These people did that together,” the actor added. “That’s the best of us.” .

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