ComingSoon editor-in-chief Tyler Treese spoke Thirteen lives stars Weir Sukollawat Kanarot and Pattrakorn “Ploy” Tungsupakul about their roles. Kanarot portrays the heroic Saman Kunan, who tragically died during the rescue, while Tungsupakul plays the mother of one of the missing boys. The Ron Howard-directed film will stream on Prime Video on August 5.
“Thirteen lives tells the incredible true story of the massive global effort to save a Thai soccer team trapped in the Tham Luang cave during an unexpected rainstorm,” says the synopsis. “Faced with insurmountable odds, a team of the world’s most skilled and experienced dive – uniquely able to navigate the maze of flooded, narrow cave tunnels – alongside Thai forces and more than 10,000 volunteers to attempt a harrowing rescue of the twelve boys and their coach. With improbably high stakes and the whole world watching, the group embarks on their most challenging dive yet, showing the limitlessness of the human spirit in the process.”
Tyler Treese: Weir, you portray a truly heroic Thai Navy SEAL who does everything he can to save these boys. It’s such a tragedy that happened, so what preparation went into this role?
Weir Sukollawat Kanarot: I’m lucky, I have a diving certificate. [For] Saman, I just had a direct discussion with Ron about the character and the script. Saman, he was willing when more divers were needed and willing to save the boys.
Ploy, there are just so many emotions in being a mother in this situation. What did you use in these moments to show both the fear of the situation and the strength to remain hopeful?
I can tell that all of us have a fear of losing someone we love and in such situations, the only thing we can be is to remain hopeful until we know the real outcome of the surgery. Without a true understanding of the ending, we must remain hopeful. This is how I can relate my feelings to the child’s parents, it must be the parents’ strength throughout the operation.
Weir, you have so many amazing scenes inside the water. How difficult was it to act under these conditions?
Yes, really, really hard, but really beautiful. Because in the cave [there are] narrow passages where it’s really dark and quite scary, but we also have our professional security team to help us during filming. The shooting went well. I had to hold my breath for about two minutes for the death scene.