Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Chilean miners

How would Chuck Tatum have handled the story of the ongoing rescue of 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet below the surface?

One thing is certain, Kirk Douglas' 1950s newspaperman in Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole, wouldn't have the exclusive he manipulated for his own gain.

Also known as The Big Carnival, the movie comes to mind with every news report from Chile. The world awaits the rescue of not one, lone trapped miner as in Ace in the Hole, but 33.

Thanks to today's technology, the Chilean miners have been appearing live daily on camera from the depths of the mine.

Trapped since Aug. 5, they are being cheered on around the world.

Recent drilling video. NASA press conference.

An AFP story Tuesday says the miners, instant celebrities, will receive training during rescue operations on giving television and newspaper interviews when rescued.

The story says:

Chilean officials, who said world interest is likely to become even more intense when the men are finally freed, said the planned training will help the workers cope with the coming media onslaught.

The miners will receive instruction via close-circuit television on "remaining poised during an interview, asking the interviewer to repeat the question if they don't understand it, and how to say that they prefer not to answer" a given question, said Alberto Iturra, the psychologist who has been tasked with overseeing the men's mental and emotional well-being during the ordeal.

"They're very excited about it," (Iturra) said, adding that some of the miners have even talked about writing a book about their experience.

Best sellers, for sure.

It is the rescue story of a lifetime. Hollywood is guaranteed to be on the hunt for a movie script. Hopefully, it will have a happy ending for all involved.

In a perfect world, the 33 miners will all become wealthy enough to avoid working another day in the copper mines.

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