WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — The real-life ship captain being played by Tom Hanks in a Hollywood movie says he never felt feel empathy for the pirates who hijacked his vessel and took him captive four years ago.
Richard Phillips attended a screening of "Captain Phillips" near his home in Vermont on Tuesday night and spoke to The Associated Press as the event began.
Phillips spent five days as a hostage of Somali pirates on a lifeboat after the Maersk (mersk) Alabama was hijacked. He was rescued by U.S. Navy SEALs who shot three of the pirates.
He says it "never entered my mind" to feel empathy for the pirates. He says "I thought that was important for me and my survival. There was no Stockholm syndrome."
"Captain Phillips" is being released nationally Oct. 11.