Date: 26th July 2001
Screen idol MEL GIBSON is set to star in a true-life naval movie. He will take the lead role in THE CAPTAIN AND THE SHARK, to be directed by BARRY LEVINSON, whose previous films include Rain Man (1988), Sleepers (1996) and WAG THE DOG (1997). Gibson will play CAPTAIN CHARLES MCVAY of the USS INDIANAPOLIS ship.
The vessel was sunk in the South Pacific after it covertly transported components of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Despite evidence from survivors that his actions during the ordeal helped spare some of his men, the Navy made McVay a scapegoat, after proving unable to account to families of dead sailors why it ignored distress signals and lost track of the ship. (RP/WNWCAN/KW)