Captain Phillips a hero?

A new Tom Hanks movie says Captain Phillips is the hero who saved his men when pirates attacked…but now a $50million lawsuit says he risked their lives

Is Captain Phillips a hero?

A new Tom Hanks movie says Captain Phillips is the hero who saved his men when pirates attacked…but now a $50million lawsuit says he risked their lives

The ship’s Captain portrayed by Tom Hanks in a forthcoming Hollywood movie is at the centre of a $50million lawsuit – brought by the very men whose lives he is credited with saving.

According to legal papers seen by MailOnline, the true story of the Maersk Alabama – the US cargo vessel captured by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden four years ago – is not a simple narrative of Captain Richard Phillips’s personal sacrifice in the face of extreme danger.

Instead it is a story of corporate greed and hubris, in which Phillips captained his ship against more than seven maritime warnings and his own men’s pleas, sailing deep into waters notorious for pirate attack.

[Click here to access the Daily Mail article].

 

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