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Will Smith brings little-known Hurricane Katrina story to life

Will Smith brings little-known Hurricane Katrina story to life
Posted April 19th, 2013 @ 11:39am by Amy Elisa Keith | CocoaFab

While time has passed since the devastating blow of Hurricane Katrina, we as Americans are still realizing the effects and hearing some of the stories of survival during those harrowing weeks. One of these stories is finally getting to be shared with the masses thanks to Will Smith and Overbrook Entertainment.

Initially announced 4 years ago, in May 2009, American Can is the story of an ex-Marine who orchestrated the rescue of hundreds of his neighbors during the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

Standing at six-foot, seven-inches and 260 pounds, John Keller, the ex-Marine, lived in a five-story apartment building; and after chasing some looters, emerged as the man in charge of the 244 residents, many of them elderly or handicapped.

For five days, Keller, dubbed the “Can Man,” kept the building, isolated by 11 feet of water, safe from the chaos raging around the city. He also directed the eventual rescue operation from the building’s roof.


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