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High praise Hero diver who rescued Thailand footballers praises Colin Farrell's 'diligent' method acting

Mr Stanton said he had also had a lot of contact with Viggo Mortensen ahead of the film's release


Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell

A British diver involved in rescuing a group of young footballers from a cave in Thailand has praised Colin Farrell's "diligent" method acting.

Farrell will portray him in a forthcoming film.

John Volanthen and Richard Stanton were part of a team of divers who saved 12 boys and their coach after they got trapped in the cave when it flooded in 2018.

Mr Volanthen and Mr Stanton will be played by actors Farrell and Viggo Mortensen respectively in Thirteen Lives.


John Volanthen (Victoria Jones/PA)

John Volanthen (Victoria Jones/PA)

John Volanthen (Victoria Jones/PA)


Mr Volanthen told ITV's This Morning he had spent a "fair bit of time" with Farrell via video call, and was "impressed by his diligence".

"So, over the time that he was filming, he's been training to run," he said.

"I do quite a lot of running and, ultimately, at the end of the film, he ran the Brisbane Marathon in a very respectable time, which I think is quite diligent for a method actor."

Mr Stanton said he had also had a lot of contact with Mortensen ahead of the film's release.

He told This Morning: "I was communicating with him for many months before filming started just so he could get my mannerisms and the way I talk.

"Obviously he's a very skilled actor and you see him assimilate your character until he becomes a better me than I am."

The boys, aged between 11 and 16 and members of the Wild Boars youth football team, had cycled with their coach to the caves to explore when they became trapped.

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