‘Meet the Experts’: Blu Murray (‘Sully’) on working with Clint Eastwood for 12 years and finally becoming lead editor

Blu Murray has finally moved into the lead editor’s chair after years of assisting on other Clint Eastwood films. And the first assignment was on “Sully,” one of the biggest movies at the 2016 box office. After 12 years in Eastwood’s cutting room and four years before that in the sound department, Murray gives a glimpse into how the legend works: “He doesn’t shoot as much as some people shoot, but he loves to be there with actors. And he’s there in that moment with one camera for most scenes. When he feels he has the moments he wanted to capture, he’ll say, ‘Alright, that’s enough of that,’ and we’ll move on. When you have Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart, one take might do it.” Murray was part of a “Meet the Experts” panel presented by Gold Derby and hosted by Tom O’Neil at the Landmark Theater in L.A. on November 22 to spotlight great achievements in crafts.

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The film was released in September and has already brought in over $120 million in the U.S. alone. The true-life story is about the “Miracle on the Hudson” event in 2009 when a disabled airplane filled with 155 people was landed safely on the Hudson River in New York by Captain Chesley Sullenberger (Hanks). Other cast members included Eckhart, Valerie Mahaffey, Mike O’Malley, Jamey Sheridan, Anna Gunn, and Laura Linney.

In describing why he feels the movie was successful, he says, “People wanted to see this movie, especially for New York. It was a moment in their history where there could have been a tragedy, but there wasn’t. It’s a story where everything goes right. You have a pilot who trained his whole life for this moment. He did what he believed to be instinctively right and saved everyone.”

Before this film, other Eastwood projects with Murray in the editing department were “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Letters from Iwo Jima,” “Changeling,” “Gran Torino,” “Invictus,” “Hereafter,” “J. Edgar,” “Trouble with the Curve,” “Jersey Boys,” and “American Sniper.” We will post a video soon of the entire conversation between Murray and O’Neil.

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