WASHINGTON (December 22, 2006) — Matthew Fox invited Red Dawson to Hawaii to talk about the 1970 plane crash that wiped out the Marshall University football team, but the subject didn’t come up for several days.
Fox wanted to get to know Dawson before playing him in “We Are Marshall.”
Finally, Dawson got up the courage to talk about his feelings about cheating death by not getting on that doomed airplane with the team.
He confessed to Fox about the recurring nightmares he has, where he wakes up in the middle of the night with an “almost overwhelming feeling of shame.”
Fox says it shows the “responsibility that he took for those kids.”
“We Are Marshall” opens today.