BJJ Paris train hero to play himself in Eastwood directed movie

Saturday, July 15, 2017

On August 21, 2015, childhood friends Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler were on a train from Amsterdam to Paris last month, when a man armed with an AK-47 rifle with nine magazines, a handgun, and a box cutter started attacking passengers. The trio attacked the terrorist, taking him down and disarming him, before Stone was able to choke him out with a rear naked choke. Stone sustained non-life-threatening injury when the terrorist cut him on the hand with a box cutter.

Sadler, a college student, was visiting his friends Skarlatos, an Army National Guard specialist stationed in Afghanistan, and Stone, an Air Force airman stationed in Portugal, who trains at a Gracie Lisbon branch, where he earned a blue belt.

“I 100 percent believe that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu saved my life at that moment,” said Stone shortly afterward to Jeff Schogol for the Airforce Times. “Every move I used on him was very, very basic — you can learn in five minutes. If we had a course like that in the Air Force for people to learn basic moves, it could help anyone in a situation like that.”

“You don’t have to be the strongest person to be good at Brazilian jiu-jitsu. You just have to be a good thinker.”

Now the three are set to star in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film about the incident, “The 15:17 to Paris.” The three will appear as themselves, along with Jenna Fisher (“The Office”) and Judy Greer (“War for the Planet of the Apes”).

The film will follow the lives of the three leading up the Paris train attack. This is the first time Eastwood has cast the actual people who inspired the story in a film. “The 15:17 to Paris” is based on a book written by the trio and author Jeffrey E. Stern, titled “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes.”

Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler

The BJJ Kid, in Portugal

Stone on bottom defending a Kimura attempt.

Stone (black gi) training in Portugal.