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Prior to filming, director Paul Greengrass kept the pirate crew and the boat crew separate to make the hijacking scenes feel more authentic. "The hair did stand up on the back of our heads," says Tom Hanks, above. Hopper Stone, SMPSP hide caption

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Tom Hanks Is 'Captain Phillips' In High-Seas Hostage Drama

The film tells the true story of Richard Phillips, whose container ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Navy SEAL sharpshooters eventually freed the captain from the small lifeboat where he was held hostage for five days. Tom Hanks stars in the film, which is directed by Paul Greengrass.

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John Darnielle writes literary lyrics for the Mountain Goats, often telling stories about fictional characters or stories from his life. His new book, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. Lalitree Darnielle/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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In a March 2014 TED talk, Ebrahim credited The Daily Show's Jon Stewart with helping him realize that "a person's race, religion or sexual orientation had nothing to do with the quality of one's character." Ryan Lash hide caption

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