How One Might Find Philippe Petit, “Inspiring.” the Film " Man on Wire"

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In August 1974, Philippe Petit, a Frenchman with a passion for walking on wires, captivated New York City as he stealthy made his way to the top of the World Trade Center. Once there, he walked across a cable strung between the Twin Towers, a historic feat that 's vividly depicted in a new documentary, Man On Wire (which will be screening tonight). The famous walk turned a void 1/4 mile above the streets into a stage, and made Petit into an instant "folk hero." He now lives upstate in Woodstock, and yesterday we talked with him about those 45 minutes between the towers, that first daring step onto the wire, and the ones that followed. When did the idea for the walk between the Twin Towers come to you? In 1968 I was 18 years old and I…show more content…
I don 't care. But after the World Trade Center the police handled you roughly? Just when I gave myself to them on the very top, after they had been waiting. You can imagine they were irate and frustrated and impatient and just jumped on me. But very soon after that I was a folk hero and they asked for autographs and put their hands around my shoulder for pictures. If you were going to try to do something in the same spirit as that in New York City today, is there anything that you would consider doing? Well, I continue to have in my mind some illegal walks, of course. But we live in a different time now, and suddenly in a big city like New York, if I 'm caught by the powers that be at the top of a building with some equipment, I would be shot first and asked questions later. I think it 's probably impossible, and yet what I do in my life is I tackle the impossible. I read that Debra Winger has been helping you raise money for a walk across the Grand Canyon. She 's an artist friend and like many of these friends she 's trying to help me with some of my projects. So at some point there was a desire to make this project happen, but it didn 't happen yet, although it was very close, and it 's still an open project. Have you been approached by any companies for sponsorship. Right after my Twin

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