The Somali actors play the quartet of pirates who hijack the cargo ship
"We didn't know that [Greengrass] was deliberately doing that," Hanks said. "All of us — Michael Chernus and
Hanks continued: "We were out miles and miles off the coast of Malta going back and forth in the ship … and we could see them on the horizon in these little skiffs, being either trained or shooting second unit —we didn't know what. But we did not know what they looked like until the day they came and they stormed the bridge, as they did of the Maersk Alabama."
The first scene, Hanks said, "was very loud, and there were explosions going on, and Barkhad [Abdi] and three of the other skinniest, scariest human beings on the planet came on, and it did raise the hair on the back of our necks. It was terrifying. They did not look like nice guys. And we had to do it three or four times in that way without ever getting to the point of, 'All right, now we're going to move on to the next shot.' And when that happened, it was kind of like, 'Hey, man, good to work with you.'"
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