Clint Eastwood Frames Anthony Sadler’s College Graduation Day

Cap, gown and Hollywood movie deal

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While 86-year-old Clint Eastwood was busy this weekend at the Cannes Film Festival, attending a swanky Saturday night Vanity Fair party and taking part in a Master Class discussion on Sunday, 24-year-old Anthony Sadler, whose heroic actions in France in 2015 will be brought to screen by Eastwood, was garnering some extra media attention as a Sacramento State University graduating student.

Two summers ago, Sadler and a pair of childhood pals were just another set of American tourists en route by train to Paris from Amsterdam when their heroic interruption of an armed terrorism assailant led to Legion of Honor medals, a local Sacramento parade, a book, speaking engagements and now, a Clint Eastwood movie deal. From Vicki Gonzalez’s Channel 3 coverage:

Q: What brought Clint Eastwood into the picture?
SADLER: (He) read the book and he was really interested in it, so he decided to pick it up on a movie. We’ve met him a few times, actually. He’s just a legend of a guy, like, really cool guy in person. And we’re really confident he wants to do the story right, just like he does any other movie, so we’re pretty excited for that.

Q: The three of you are consultants for the movie, correct?
SADLER: Yeah, it’s an exciting time. It’s in the initial process right now, so we’re just trying to dive in. The big thing between the three of us is who’s going to play us in a movie.

Q: Who would you like to see play you?
SADLER: Michael B. Jordan or Keith Powers. Powers is from Sacramento, so that would be cool to see another Sacramento kid in it.

The Sacramento Bee also wrote up Sadler’s Saturday graduation, which came a bit later than originally planned as he took a year off to work on the book and other related activities. Sadler has returned to Europe twice since the August 2015 incident, for the one-year anniversary of his deeds and again just recently. Sadler’s degree is in kinesiology, with an emphasis on physical education.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.