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The real-life version of 'Captain Phillips'

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Tom Hanks stars in the new movie "Captain Phillips," which tells the true story of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates.

One of the men who was on that ship when it was hijacked in real life lives right here in the Tampa Bay area, in Lakewood Ranch.

Ken Quinn was the second mate aboard the Maersk Alabama cargo ship when it was hijacked back in 2009. Tom Hanks is playing Quinn's real-life captain, who was held hostage as Quinn and other crew members crammed in a tiny room for hours, hiding.

"We couldn't breathe. There was no air down there, we were suffocating. We were literally suffocating," Quinn said Thursday.

Actor Corey Johnson from the movie The Bourne Ultimatum will play Ken's character. He said the London-based star talked with him constantly during filming.

"I was emailing him like three times a day. I was on a ship going to Northern Europe, and he was on the same company, Maersk, gave them a ship to film on," Quinn said.

The movie's full storyline is a secret, but Quinn said the previews stray slightly from the real thing.

"They changed some stuff, but it should be a good movie," he said. 

Quinn and his wife will be some of the first to find out.  They're heading to the New York Film Festival next week for the movie's premiere – the star treatment for a self-proclaimed "average guy" whose job took a terrifying turn.

"It's just our 15 minutes of fame, just something that struck a nerve with everybody at the time," Quinn said. 

"Captain Phillips" hits theaters Oct. 11. Believe it or not, despite all that drama, Ken Quinn still works aboard cargo ships.

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