Aug 04 - Antonio Banderas and other Hollywood stars share the red carpet with the 33 Chilean miners they portray in ''The 33'' at the Santiago premeire of the film that tells the story of their unlikely survival five years ago. John Russell reports.
Thirty-three Chilean miners, who in 2010 were trapped in a mine for two months, got the Hollywood treatment on Sunday (August 2) as they walked the red carpet with famous Hollywood actors including Antonio Banderas and Brazilian heartthrob Rodrigo Santoro at the premiere of "The 33" in Santiago. The film, which stars Banderas, tells the harrowing story of how all 33 men survived 2,300 feet underground after their mine collapsed above them five years ago. They were feared dead until, on the 17th day trapped below, the miners attached a note to a perforation drill that read, "The 33 of us in the shelter are well," triggering celebrations around the country and the world over. SOUNDBITE Antonio Banderas, saying (English): "We are cognizant of the responsibility that comes with telling a story that is relatively recent, where the protagonists fortunately came out alive and that is part of Chilean history, but I think it's a very beautiful (story), and it provides reflection over the supreme importance of life itself." Filmed partly on location, "The 33" opens on August 6.