HOUSTON, TX – Most of you know who’s at the captain’s table this weekend. The story of the Maersk Alabama has Tom Hanks, a big budget and a big story — How Somali pirates overtook a 17,000 ton freighter off the coast of Somalia in 2009.
“I didn’t know if I was going to live or die,” Richard Hicks told reporter’s downtown back in April of 2009 – the day his lawyer filed a lawsuit against Maersk.
Hicks was part of the crew held hostage. Four years later, the lawsuit is still drifting through legal waters.
“All delays are by the defendants, to keep this case from coming to trial,” Hicks’s attorney Terry Bryant says.
His lawsuit is one of many against the company. And his legal maneuverings have given him an inside look at the whole story – not necessarily the version you’re going see in the theater.
“I think it’s portraying Captain Phillips as a hero and the facts may come out differently in trial.”
Bryant’s lawsuit questions how the cargo freighter was armed and why the ship was so close to the Somali coast in the first place, questions that may be answered when the case goes to trial in December.
Critics are saying that with Tom Hanks at the helm, “Captain Phillips” is going to make a lot of money for the studio. But will it make a lot of money for Richard Hicks? A judge or jury will have a say about that.