Some saying real Captain Phillips was not like character portrayed in new film

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  • JJSchwartz Superior, WI
    Nov. 21, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    I've read the book and Cpt Phillips is portrayed as the kind of captain that one would want to serve under. "Hope for the best, prepare for the worst." I am always skeptical of the motives of men when big money can perhaps be had and maybe there is a smidgin of jealousy of Phillips' notoriety that he received. I'm not saying that what the crew claim is inaccurate but I am saying that there is ample reason to not to jump to conclusions and believe the crew 100%. There may well have been instances where Phillips could have made another choice but giving him the benefit of the doubt he probably did the best that he could with the information at hand at that time.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Oct. 30, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    2nd try:

    Hmmmmmm.....I'm not so sure that this captain is worthy of being villianized as he is. "Nobody" wants to sail with him? Really? "Nobody"?

    When people sue for millions and millions of dollars, instead of just sucking up life's difficult experiences and moving on, and lawyers get involved in things (which, when looked at with the reality of life, the vast majority of American lawyers are driven solely by money....yes, that is why most of American society despises them)....I begin to question the legitimacy of the claims of those who are suing as well as the honesty of their lawyers.

    A unsafe, risk-taking captain?


    Maybe not.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Oct. 30, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    Tom Hanks did an incredible job with the acting, no matter if it was based on real or fictional events of that time. In fact, I was super impressed with the "captain" of the pirates, who was actually a chauffeur prior to doing this acting stint. It was as real as you can get without the overacting that could happen.

    Hopefully truth will win out eventually. Will Captain Phillips' conscience start acting up to fix the tale? We'll see...

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 1:15 p.m.


    I don't think films (even most documentaries) ever leave the category of "fiction."

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 9:02 p.m.

    Well, my cousin's husband is a captain of one of these ships...and I've been told the same, that nobody wants to sail with the man, and his crew very much disliked him, as he risked all of their lives and safety by his stupidity. There are very few captains overall on these ships, and Phillips is well known in the community of sailors...there is really no news in this...too bad Hanks can't be truthful in telling the story...truth makes a much better story. Otherwise, the movie is totally fictional in the end.