Hollywood loves nothing better than taking a huge, real life disaster story and turning it into a blockbuster movie. That is exactly what they have done with the new movie The 33, which is based on the Chilean miners who were trapped in a collapsed mine for 69 days, back in 2010. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips stars in The 33 and he has been speaking about what it was like to shoot the new movie, admitting that he had some genuine fears about the shoot for the film.
Lou explained, "There was no glamour to this whatsoever. We shot in two real mines just outside of Bogota, Colombia. Salt mines, going into them six days a week, 12, 14 hours a day, the absolute real deal. Both mines were over 500 years old and I thought, 'Oh my God, what an ironic headline that would be (if they collapsed)!' But it's the truth, I mean, we were down there the entire time (with) hard hats, except for the scenes where we were not wearing them, with mine safety people there, and they would literally clear us out of the way of falling rock every once in a while."
He added, "They were constantly checking the ceiling. That paranoia, that sense of peril was always there. The interesting thing is we also shot in the Atacama Desert, a mile away from where it actually happened. Maybe I'm projecting, but I felt perfectly fine in Bogota (but when) we got to Chile, and it was like, 'Oh, this happened a mile away'... so going into the mine, we only filmed the entrances, (but) there was still a great surreal feeling."
As well as starring Lou Diamond Phillips, the cast of The 33 also includes the likes of Antonio Banderas, James Brolin, Juliette Binoche, Rodrigo Santoro, Naomi Scott, and Cote de Pablo, to name just a few. The 33 has been directed by Patricia Riggen. with the movie set to hit the big screen on November 13 in the US, before then landing in the UK on January 29, 2016.