Colin Farrell, Tom Bateman & Sahajak Poo Boonthankit Interview: 13 Lives

Ron Howard’s penchant for bringing historical past to the movie display screen is in full impact in 13 Lives, which is now accessible to stream on Prime Video. In it, the Apollo 13 director recreates the occasions of the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue, permitting audiences to grasp why it was so harmful for the boys trapped in a flooded cave – and the way precisely the courageous divers had been in a position to get them out.

The celebs of 13 Lives had been simply as affected by the gripping true story when it went down as viewers all over the world had been, so reliving the tense instances from one other perspective was a singular expertise. Colin Farrell and Tom Bateman play two of the divers who traveled to assist, whereas Thai actor Sahajak “Poo” Boonthankit (Fistful of Vengeance) performs Governor Narongsak.


Associated: Thai Cave Rescue Will get Detailed & Gripping Retelling In 13 Lives

Display screen Rant spoke to Bateman, Farrell and Boonthankit about how they skilled the occasions of 13 Lives in real-time earlier than reliving them on the set of the movie.

Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton, and Viggo Mortensen in Thirteen Lives
Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton, and Viggo Mortensen in 13 Lives

Display screen Rant: What a film; what a narrative. I bear in mind this taking place, however I really feel just like the film simply elicited so many optimistic emotions for me of selflessness. Do you bear in mind when this occurred? And what caught out to you most about this story?

Tom Bateman: I feel the primary [time] that I bought actually into it was after they discovered the boys. I bear in mind pondering, “These boys had been being caught within the cave, and after they discovered them.” After which it simply grew to become this day-after-day, checking in on the information on how they had been doing. And I simply bear in mind the fantastic thing about after they mentioned, “They have them out.” Everybody was working round, and it is all anybody was speaking about on the time. It was an exquisite, very particular time.

As a result of, normally with the information, you are probably not bonded by pleasure. You are bonded by dangerous issues. “Oh, my God, have you ever seen this terrible factor? This terrible factor.” I feel I can depend on perhaps one hand the quantity of instances you will have a information story like this, that simply makes you content and stuffed with pleasure and hopeful and need to be a greater individual.

Colin Farrell: And that was the factor about it, although, wasn’t it? That you simply had been caught between disaster and the potential of what truly got here to move, as a result of we noticed it in real-time.

So, it was truly a horrible factor that was happening. And we had been caught within the worry of the current, the place we believed globally that the youngsters had been nonetheless alive. However we did not know if, whereas we had been speaking about them being nonetheless alive, they had been truly dying. No person knew till the blokes bought to them, after which there was some affirmation that they had been there. After which there was forwards and backwards; there have been sure dives taking place. However, as Tom mentioned, when the second got here that they began popping out and the ambulance began disappearing and airlifting them and airlifting them. And the knowledge wasn’t shared of who was out,; what number of had been out.

And even when the mission began, it was all very cloak and dagger. Swiftly, all of the press had been pushed again and no person knew precisely what the means had been [by which] they had been going to be extracted.

Poo, I need to hear, as a result of I am unable to consider we labored collectively and I by no means heard from you. I by no means requested you, as a result of we had been all simply working, so we had been concerned within the current collectively of constructing the movie. What was it like for you, man? You had been within the nation?

Sahajak Poo Boonthankit: Sure, I used to be. I used to be in Thailand on the time. However I feel it is very completely different for me, personally. I all the time say I heard in regards to the boys getting caught, and… At first, I used to be truly offended on the boys. “Why did they even go in there? What drove you? What took you in there?”

After which, you came upon, “Okay, they did not intend to go in when it was raining. It rained after they went in.” Okay. 5 days, six days go on. I am saying, “Okay, perhaps they’re lifeless.” And now, being Thai, you begin to sit in entrance of your mantle and also you pray. You gentle your [prayer sticks] and every thing, and hope that they arrive out effectively and alive.

Colin Farrell: Was the entire nation doing that, you suppose? The bulk?

Sahajak Boonthankit: Sure, I do consider so. I do consider so. It is a cultural factor.

After which, on the seventh, eighth, ninth day, I am saying, “Wait, I’ve 4 youngsters. What if considered one of them was in there?” Now, it will get actually intense. Then you definately hear persons are coming from all around the world to assist, and I am unable to even do something. I do not know easy methods to dive. I am unable to do something. So, I am simply sitting there, shaking, praying, hoping. And as soon as they got here out, as soon as we heard that the youngsters had been all effectively, it was an enormous aid.

But it surely wasn’t till I learn the script that I understood the interior workings of every thing, and all of the hair stood on finish. It was wonderful.

As a result of I am a diver, I am like, “Why cannot they simply dive and get them out?” I didn’t perceive. After which, while you watch the film, you are like, “Okay.”

Colin Farrell: It isn’t secure.

Tom Bateman: Is it regular diving, or cave diving you do?

I’ve performed some cave diving – not like that. Colin, I take it you are not going to maintain your certification going?

Colin Farrell: Ash, it is a licensed indisputable fact that your balls are greater than mine. As a result of I used to be requested by a few the lads, “Whenever you end the movie, are you going to do some cave diving?” And I mentioned, “Completely not.”

I imply, they did construct these extravagant cave techniques. There was 4 or 5 completely different networks that had been primarily based on the ordinance of the Tham Luang cave system. There was pinch factors and bits that went down and stalactites and stuff. It was tight in there, and we had security divers and all that stuff, however you are still in water and nonetheless trying up, and there is a roof on high of your head.

Tom, you discovered it uncomfortable at instances, did not you? I imply, I actually did.

Tom Bateman: Thanks a lot for that. One in all my favourite recollections, although, is I bear in mind you and me each – I feel it was Viggo, you, me, Joel and Paul. And all of us bought caught within the center. The camera-

Colin Farrell: Catastrophe. And I’ve Viggo’s fin in my f**king face, and somebody pushing me from behind.

Tom Bateman: Precisely. I bought Paul falling asleep on my leg. However I bear in mind popping out of it and this lovely second [where] I feel we grabbed one another, like, “You good? You good?” I am like, “Yeah, I am good. I do not need to return down there once more.” They’re like, “Okay guys, resetting, you are going once more.” No, I do not need to do it.

Colin Farrell: And it was a 4-foot dive with 20 security guys in 2.5 toes of water. I did discover it nerve-wracking.

The distinction between… I would performed a bit of little bit of open water scuba diving, however it’s night time and day from something that has a seal on it. I do not understand how they do it. It is only a very completely different mentality that I do not actually have. I’ve a bit of little bit of – do not need to diagnose myself with panic syndrome, however the head can get away from me fairly shortly.

13 Lives Synopsis

Colin Farrell, Paul Gleeson, and Thira Chutikul in Thirteen Lives
Colin Farrell, Paul Gleeson, and Thira Chutikul in 13 Lives

A rescue mission is assembled in Thailand the place a gaggle of younger boys and their soccer coach are trapped in a system of underground caves which are flooding.

Verify out our different interview with 13 Lives’ Ron Howard & Raymond Phathanavirangoon, stars Joel Edgerton, Viggo Mortensen & James Teeradon Supapunpinyo and Weir Sukollawat Kanaros & Pattrakorn Tungsupakul.

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13 Lives is at the moment accessible to stream on Prime Video.

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