Massachusetts Maritime Academy gets early screening of ‘Captain Phillips’ at weekend gala
The Tom Hanks film “Captain Phillips” will have its official premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 27. But the drama, which is already getting awards buzz, will screen before that, on Saturday, at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s 17th Annual Admiral’s Gala. Academy President Richard Gurnon told us Wednesday that he wrote to Sony “on a whim” asking for an early screening of the film at the gala, which raises money for scholarships. “To my surprise, I got an e-mail back that said, ‘We’re thinking about it,’ ” said Gurnon, who eventually got a “yes.” The film is about Captain Richard Phillips (played by Hanks), who survived a hijacking by Somali pirates in 2009. Phillips happens to be a 1979 Mass Maritime grad. Shane Murphy — who was Phillips’s chief mate and is played in the film by Michael Chernus of “Orange Is the New Black” — graduated in 2001. Phillips had hoped to attend the early screening at his alma mater, but demands at sea will prevent him from getting there in time. Hanks can’t attend either, but the school has asked the actor to speak at this year’s graduation ceremony. “Captain Phillips” filmed some scenes in Massachusetts last year. Sudbury stood in for Phillips’s hometown in Vermont.