Clint Eastwood, a Hollywood legend, has an unbelievable story that most people do not know. He was born with 11.59 pounds in 1930 during the Great Depression. His mother worked in a plant, while his father was a migrant worker.
His condition considered as a medical anomaly. But, he then grew up and enlisted in the Army with 6 feet 2 inches tall.
He was a passenger on a World War II Navy bomber that crashed in the Pacific ocean, as he was just 21.
"I was catching a free ride from Seattle down to Almeda," said Eastwood.
"It was stormy and we went down off of Point Reyes, California, in the Pacific. I found myself in the water swimming a few miles towards the shore. I remember thinking, 'well, 21 is not as long as a person wants to live'."
he says that he swam and fought his way through beds of kelp before reaching beach, and used the radio asking for help.
"I suppose having been in a similar situation as the pilot I would have chanced a water landing rather than go someplace where there’s no runway," he says. "And of course, Sully was familiar with that area. He knew where the helicopter ports and ferryboats were, so he picked the right spot, where everyone could get to them fast. It wouldn’t be like being out in the middle of the ocean. He knew that somebody would see them."
Tom Hanks stars as Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, a quick-thinking pilot who makes an important split-second decision that was contested by authorities. For Eastwood, it's what happened to Sullenberger after the crash that inspired him.
"Anybody who keeps their wits about them when things are going wrong, who can negotiate problems without panicking, is someone of superior character, and interesting to watch on film," he says.
"But for me the real conflict came after, with the investigative board questioning his decisions, even though he had saved so many lives."
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