Big Miracle isn’t just a ‘whale movie,’ it’s not a destination piece on the Alaskan tundra, it’s not a vehicle for that dishy Drew Barrymore or the always lovable John Krasinski, it’s a tale about a true miracle. It’s based (or inspired as they say) by events that did really happen back in 1988.
Here’s the story in a very tiny nutshell. A trio of whales became trapped in Alaska. Greenpeace, the coast guard, the Inuits, big time oil-men, the president, and the Soviets (in the midst of the Cold War no less) all came together to help free the misplaced mammals. Once the media caught wind of the story, all the big news shows tracked the progress of the rescue mission. It became one of the big stories of the day but one that many had forgotten about. But we shouldn’t. It’s not just an amazing story, but it’s an powerful lesson as well. That when we humans can get together for a common goal, well anything is possible. And this lesson is truly important to share with our children, to give them hope, compassion and to know that we can all make a difference.
A couple of weeks ago, a group of us “mommy bloggers” met with the cast of the film (Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell [sans Sloth], Ted Danson, Dermot Mulroney and the director Ken Kwapis) and talked about the importance of the film, passion and good old fashioned people power.
Check out what they said here:
JOHN KRASINSKI as Adam Carlson
(This story is) so incredible that you want to make sure the movie's as incredible as the story, which is very, very difficult to achieve. I remember reading the script for the first time, and I remember saying to Ken [Director Ken Kwapis] and I'd been friends with Ken for a while, and I said, it's really, really good, I like it, it's very, very sweet, I just think we've got to pull back some of these storylines, nobody's gonna believe them. He said that they're all true. And I was like, okay, Ken. I don't know how long you've been in Hollywood, but that's not possible that all these are true. And he's like, they're all true. And that blew my mind.
And then, I thought that there was something really, really special that would bring together these people. And I think in this day and age with the social media, I think it's a great direct correlation.
I personally believe that the time to believe in speaking up and having a voice and what can I do to help and all that is now. One Tweet, one Facebook page, one anything can start an entire movement for your favorite charity. You can get a pothole filled on Main Street. You can do whatever you want. Or, you can go all the way and start a revolution and be out in the streets of New York and start a national campaign, you know?
So, it's an incredibly powerful time to believe in getting together. And I think, innately, people have a goodness inside them that wants to bond with goodness in other people. Whether you believe in the same things or not, you can get together and do great things.
Ms. Drew Barrymore: I think that they're completely connected in the way that it was media that got this story out to begin with. And that was sort of the big catalyst. So, I think that's amazing considering it was such a different time, and now that's exactly the way things are happening.
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