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Stars of Chilean Mining Movie ‘The 33’: Drama is ‘Affirmation of Life’

'The 33' stars: Fact-based drama is 'an affirmation of life' 4:10

People watched around the world as 33 miners were rescued in Chile after surviving underground for an astonishing 69 days. TODAY's Natalie Morales was on the scene five years ago, reporting on the rescue mission which would become one of the greatest survival stories of all time.

On Monday she had the opportunity to sit down with the stars of "The 33," the new film dramatizing the incident. Among them were Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Juliette Binoche and Rodrigo Santoro.

Lou Diamond Phillips calls the film "an affirmation of life, a huge symbol to the world that our heroes are normal people." Banderas, who met Mario "Super Mario" Sepúlveda, the leader of the trapped miners, called him "a force of nature." Banderas recalls their grueling experience filming the movie, saying: "We lived that temporarily, the things that miners have to go through for years."

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