Plenty of questions have been asked about what really happened in the true story of the movie 'We Are Marshall. Click isupportlocal for more information on supporting our local journalists. The Warner Bros. Pictures film tells the story of the Marshall University football team after a plane crash that killed all 75 people aboard, including most of the team members, staff and many fans.
Here is a fact vs. Q: Did Marshall really have a difficult time recruiting players, and were they really competing with West Virginia University? A: Yes, said former Marshall head football coach Jack Lengyel.
Many of the players they attempted to recruit did in fact end up as Mountaineers as the movie showed, he said. We just looked at it as an opportunity to build," Lengyel said. WVU got some, and then other schools got some. But there were a lot of players who accepted our challenge. The coaching staff did get creative with recruits, as Matthew McConaughey suggests in the movie, using several basketball players and at least once soccer player to fill the roster.
A: Ernie Salvatore and Jack Hardin recall how they found out it was the Marshall plane that had crashed differently than how the movie portrayed. Salvatore, who was the executive sports editor for the Huntington newspapers at the time of the crash, recalls Hardin using a radio device to ask if the name "John Young" meant anything to those in the newsroom.
You won't see that in the movie, and I'm not knocking the movie, but that's the way we knew it was the Marshall plane. A: No. While most of the characters in the film were real, several composite characters were used to tell the stories of many community members touched by the crash without overwhelming the audience. One of the main composite characters was "Paul Griffen" played by Ian McShane, who worked in the steel mill and had a son on the football team who died in the crash.
The ethiopian women dating Huntington WV men was "Annie Cantrell," played by Kate Mara, who was a cheerleader and engaged to Griffen's son. Matthew McConaughey has an inspirational scene in the Spring Hill Cemetery at the graves of six players who could not be identified after the crash.
Lengyel said he took his team to that site before every season to help the newer players understand the team's history. They didn't know the magnitude of the tragedy," he said.
Lengyel said this was a "private moment" for the team, which traditionally happened at 6 a. McConaughey uses the phrase, "The funerals end today," but Lengyel said he had to make that known not only to the players but to the schools the team played. Each time the team traveled, the school would have a memorial for Marshall, but Lengyel said the team couldn't continue and grow under those conditions. A: While "We are Marshall" is famous in Huntington, and now has the potential to be known throughout the nation, the chant was not used in or Marshall' chant was never a part of our game," Lengyel said.
It ties the whole people together. The final score was The final play in the movie was a crossing route, where the Young Thundering Herd actually called a screen pass for a 13 yard touchdown to take the win. People were in the stands crying.
I can't even explain how emotional it was. People stayed in the stands. Q: Is Nate Ruffin really buried at the memorial with the unidentified players as shown toward the end of the movie?
A: Ruffin played football at Marshall University from through and served as captain of the Young Thundering Herd in He died in October at age 51 and is buried at Spring Hill Cemetery next to six players who died in the crash whose bodies could not be identified and former Marshall assistant athletic director Ed Starling.
A: Marshall played its last game in Fairfield Stadium in November The new stadium opened in September of Fairfield continued to be used by the old Huntington High School and Huntington East High School football teams until the two schools consolidated in fall Fairfield Stadium's field was paved in May to be used as a parking lot.
In Novemberdemolition of the stadium began to make way for Marshall's Clinical Education and Outreach Center, so it was gone by the time the movie's filming began. Warner Bros. It was Jim's through every early draft of the script. But the characters of Paul Griffen and Annie Cantrell were a bit fluid, since they were our composite elements. At one point, as a means of shortening the script, we changed the character of Paul Griffen to make him the owner of the restaurant.
But I didn't want to imply that Jim Tweel was ever against Marshall football coming back, so we made the restaurant 'Paul's.
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We were so close to shooting that we couldn't make any serious character changes. Hence, the owner role went to ly existing booster Lloyd Boone, and the restaurant, for better or worse, became Boone's. We all wanted to call it Jim's. Logistically, we just ran out of time. McMullen knew Lengyel through their connection at the University of Akron.
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