Oliver Stone's World Trade Center Fiction
How the rescue really happened.
But Doerler doesn't mind that he wasn't included in the film. He said he wasn't looking for fame and recognition that day. The filmmakers apparently knew about Doerler and his contribution. Surprisingly, despite his on-screen absence, you can find his name in the credits as a consultant. But he says that the filmmakers never called him once to hear his story firsthand. As for Busching, he was on the set during production. While he says the filmmakers shot scenes depicting his efforts to help keep McLaughlin alive, they never made it into the final cut. Busching, who in reality worked alongside a doctor from Pennsylvania not pictured in the film, said he was sorry that the medical aspects of the rescue couldn't be included. However, he, like Doerler, doesn't complain about not getting his 15 minutes of fame.
Doerler said he hoped his character would be included, not for his own credit but so that the world would know what the Nassau County Emergency Service Unit did that day. Doerler hasn't seen the film, although he plans to. He was invited to the premiere and would have liked to havebeen there last week. But Doerler, now a sergeant, was otherwise occupied. On the beat patrolling Nassau County, he couldn't make it to one of Hollywood's biggest nights. He had to work.
Rebecca Liss is an associate producer at CBS's 60 Minutes.
Photograph of Nicolas Cage in World TradeCenter by Francois Duhamel. © 2006 Paramount Pictures.