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captioning made possible by johnson & johnson where quality products for the american family have been a tradition for generations >> osgood: good morning, i'm charles osgood this is "sunday morning." tomorrow is memorial day. the day we honor all the members of our armed forces who have fallen in the line of duty. which is not to say we cannot overlook the needs of veterans who survived to make it home m. return with hidden scars. reason enough for a system of courts that gives these veterans a fighting chance. mark strassmann will report on
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"sunday morning" cover story. after which mark phillips will take us on a journey through history. >> 235 years late ware may be the world's most stately history lesson is on it's way to america again. retracing the voyage made by the original in 1780 the one that changed the course of the american revolution. >> lafayette said she sails like a bird. >> the man who may have saved the revolution and the ship that brought him rebore. later on "sunday morning." keanu reeves is a hollywood star. ample grist for q&s this morning with tracy smith. >> keanu reeves' films have made more than $3 billion at the box office and coined countless catch praises.
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>> i am an fbi agent! >> but his favorite role these days is building badass bikes. >> i love riding motorcycles. i love how they look, how they smell. how they feel. >> movies and motorcycles with keanu reeves. later on "sunday morning." >> the rock band u2 is back at the top of its game and back on tour. anthony mason will look behind the scenes and you too. ♪ >> after selling seven million tickets, what does the biggest band on earth do for an encore? your last tour was the most successful tour in history. >> love hearing you say that. we're going to get on just great. >> but bono says wait until you see u2's new rock and roll circus.
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>> the lion tamers are over there. bring out the camels. >> ahead on "sunday morning," on tour with u2. >> p-town short for provincetown in massachusetts. summertime destination with a rich and colorful past and present. mo rocca will be showing us around. >> just three miles long and two streets wide, provincetown has been a glorious haven for novelists, playwrights painters for more than a century. >> it's an eccentric's sanctuary, one of the very few places i know of that actually prefers peculiarity. >> we'll take to you the tip of cape cod ahead on "sunday morning." >> rita braver visits bill nighy on broadway. steve hartman watches a man
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making a neighborhood good as new. we'll take the temperature of mr. fahrenheit. wish pac-man a happy birthday. first headlines for this sun kay morning the 25th of may. ireland has become the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. as charlie d'agata reports it's been called a social revolution. >> when votes were tallied up, same-sex supporters learned they had won by a landslide. >> absolutely overjoyed overwhelmed, amazed. so proud to be irish. >> you don't know the weight of oppression until it has been lifted. >> by margin two of to one the irish voted in favor of legalizing gay marriages. irish senator and gay activist himself david norris said, ireland has sent a message to the world. >> we arby conbut there are countries throughout africa, asia russia they are terribly
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dangerous. we're saying to them, be civilized. follow the irish. >> built the staunchly conservative catholic country should become the first in the world to do so through a popular vote makes the result all the more remarkable. >> up until as late as 1993 just 22 years ago homosexuality was illegal in ireland. civil partnerships were made legal five years ago this is different. it says gays can marry just like everyone else and now it's written into the constitution. for "sunday morning," this is charlie d'agata in london. >> there were angry but mostly peaceful proceed fests in cleveland after a judge found a white patrolman not guilty in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects in 20 street 12. they were killed in 137 shot barrage of gunfire.
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flooding is has turned deadly in the nation's mid section. in oklahoma, a firefighter was swept away during a water rescue. his body was recovered this morning. the floods come after a week of rain across the southern plains. in texas officials are calling the flooding historic. now, more on the weather as you've heard it will be stormy across much of the plains region. but mostly sunny along both coasts. but tomorrow, memorial day, more of the same. with the likelihood it will rain on many parades in the heartland. >> ahead -- i'm just very happy that my life is going in the direction. >> a day in court for troubled war veterans. later, a special light of cape cod's provincetown.
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>> osgood: a fighting chance to make things right is what ha many veterans in trouble with the law say what they want most. in some cases they're finding that chance in a special kind of courtroom. our cover story reported now by mark strassmann. >> everybody coming here for one specific reason and that's because they believe in the second cabs for every veteran. >> staff sergeant tommy reiman is a certified american hero. a winner of the silver star for
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valor but the bravest thing he ever did he says, is fight to get his life back. to appreciate this ceremony's significance you first need to hear reiman's story. >> look at these guys. habib, tommy. >> all of it, its remarkable highs and sirful lowz i think came out of the womb with a uniform on. for me there's nothing greater and honor to represent this country. >> in december of 2003, reiman was one his first deployment in iraq when his three-vehicle convoy drove into a death trap. >> we were ambushed by 35 guys. got hit with three rpgs, three ieds and a bunch of small gunfire. i used my body to shield my gunner, i took a shot in the arm and chest and shrapnel to my legs. all eight of us survived.
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for that i received a silver star and purple heart. >> when he got home reiman traveled the country as military spokesman. he even has future role in a combat video game along with his own action figure. and there was one salute he did not expect. >> tommy reiman was a teenager pumping gas when he enlisted in the night states army. >> in his 2007 state of the union address, president bush singled out reiman for heroism. >> he has earned the respect and gratitude of our entire country. so there you are hailed on national television as a hero. what was really going on with you at that time? >> i didn't feel like hero, that's for sure. i felt like a complete piece of garbage at times. >> reiman had come home a hero but a haunted one.
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he was battling ptsd and alcoholism. >> i was drinking two bottles of whiskey a day and anything else i could get my hands on. >> he lost his marriage, his house, and almost everything that was special to him. >> i was a changed person. i was full of hatred. i didn't want to communicate. i became the man i never wanted to be. >> reiman's life was in free mall. he tried to commit suicide. first in iraq and then after he got home. second suicide attempt, what happened? >> pops some pills drank a bit. got the truck up 70 miles an hour and said snacks see i can't." i closed my eyes, hit the tree. and opened my eyes and there wasn't a scratch on me. i was angry about that. >> the man once hailed as a true american hero had hit rock
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bottom. reiman was arrested for drunk driving, a path he's certain would have meant the end of his life. instead, he was handed a lifeline. rather than being sent to a regular civilian court reiman was referred to a court that focuses on the special issues that confront men and women who have served in the u.s. military. >> the honorable judge markle presiding. >> it's called a veterans treatment court. modeled after other civilian specialty courts around the country, such as drug treatment courts, that are designed to keep nonviolent offenders out of jail. >> unlike any other courtroom you've ever seen before. >> ma police saw fitzgerald is the senior director of justice for vets, which promotes veteran treatment courts nationwide. >> i'm just very happy that my life is going in the direction that it's going in. >> i don't believe men and women like tommy reiman belong behind
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bars. i believe that the men and women like tommy reiman deserve an opportunity for treatment and for restoration. >> helping vets is a new role for fitzgerald f. she looks familiar here's why. >> jack. inviting me back to follow up. >> for seven seasons she played carole fitzpatrick an assistant press secretary on "the west wing." but later in 2011 she became co-executive producer of half way homea documentary about struggling vets. one was tommy reiman. >> i've been something pretty dreams. lot of killing in my dreams. >> it's estimated one in five vets who fought in iraq or go afghanistan suffers from ptsd or dregs. one in six has an issue been substance abuse.
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tommy got help with all those treatments in court. >> i come in, you salute the judge. i thought that was really unique. because it was instant sign of respect. i respected him for saluting me. >> there are now 220 military treatment courts across 36 states. a judge in buffalo established the first one in 2008. when a veteran is arrested for a nonviolent crime his or her lawyer recommends the military treatment court. many are sent to rehab. others get help with housing and job placement. they're all mentored by other vets. >> there's something to be said about average mentor in court where here's a guy another veteran to look you in the isay "you need to man up." >> the program demands accountability. >> make sure that you communicate with your case manager and provide her -- >> if the vet completes it, which often takes more than a year, the sentence for the crime
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is reduced or forgiven. >> it's going to be a struggle. you have a ways to go. but you can do it. >> roughly 11,000 vets are now receiving help through veterans treatment courts. in the case of the first court established in buffalo, 98% of veteran have not been re-arrested. >> order. arms. >> which brings us to this moment in harnett county, north carolina. 16 months after reiman's arrest. it was graduation day for him and five other vets who satisfied the program's rigorous requirements. >> has it occurred to you how far you've come in a year? >> for me, it's an ongoing journey. i think this is only the beginning. >> with great pleasure it is here by announced that you are recognized for completion. >> i've got my life back in order. i have job. i have home. i'm seeing my kids every weekend. i'm sober. that's the greatest thing.
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i feel like i'm living again. for years, i didn't know what that was like. >> osgood: next -- a heated debate. lets sweat pass through and evaporate so skin stays comfortable, while clinically proven protection stays on. new cooldry sport. neutrogena.
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>> osgood: and now a page from our "sunday morning" almanac. may 24 1686, 329 years ago today.
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day for temperate celebration. that was the birthday of daniel gabriel fahrenheit. the european physicist who used purified mercury to create the first modern thermometer. fahrenheit invented his namesake temperature scale. where water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212. for centuries fahrenheit's mercury thermometer was standard including medicine. >> it takes temperature such as this to make it possible -- >> osgood: this somewhat overheated british industrial film from 1953 followed the thermometer making process step by step. >> the result is saves many of us. >> today modern digital thermometers are largely replaced mercury devices in doctor's offices and hospitals.
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most of the world outside the united states fahrenheit's temperature scale has largely been replaced by centigrade where water freeze i at zero degrees and boils at 100. still, there remains good reason to salute daniel fahrenheit's contributions. how hot is hot? how cold is cold? a problem of days of old. back then it was almost cause for derision to take temperatures with precision. first to do it and do it right was daniel gabriel fahrenheit. coming up, sunday in provincetown with mz the monument like the beacon of provincetown? >> built in 1910. commemorates first landing.
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>> osgood: p-town, provincetown is cape cod vacation spot attracting thousands every summer. mo rocca is takes us on a guided tour. >> henry david thoreau described cape cod as the bared and
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beeping arm of massachusetts. if you go to the very, very end of that arm you'll arrive at provincetown. >> the light is like the light out at sea. it's not land light. >> just three miles long and two streets wide, the town is surrounded on three sides by water, hence that glorious light. in the words of norman mailer, provincetown is a gaudy run with mediterranean splashes of color crowded steep-pitched roofs fishing piers and fishing boats. everybody talks about the light here. how would you describe it? >> you can't. it changes by the day. by the hour. by the minute. >> you may have heard of p-town as it's known as a popular summer get away, especially for
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gay tourists. it's also one of america's oldest arts colonies. a long time sanctuary for novelists, playwrights painters and pilgrims. yes, pilgrims. in 1620, the pilgrims landed first in provincetown before heading on to plymouth. and provincetown has the monument to prove it. >> the monument's kind of like the beacon of provincetown. >> rob costa operates arts dune tours, founded by his father in 1946. >> only dune tours are allowed into this trail here. >> a who's who of american artists found inspiration and solitude in the rustic dune shacks perched pry dariusly. >> there's a lot. sinclair lewis jock son
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pollack. >> add to the list two of the american playwrights of the 20th century. u mean o'neill and tennessee williams. >> they say he wrote some of the last finishing touches of "a street car named desire thrift they claim marlon brando did walk across that. it was a good role. it was worth hiking over the dunes for. >> i guess so, yeah. >> out here if you scream "stella" no one can hear you. a century ago provincetown's beaches were crowded with aspiring artists. >> if you were in the front row of your painting class one of your jobs was to keep mosquitoes off the model. >> chris mccarthy is executive director of the art association and museum which recently celebrated its 100th birth yes. >> if you look at american art history, provincetown has hit every mark from impressionism to post impression" to ab tract
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extremity time modern time contemporary. the gamut at one point came through points town. >> this became a required top. >> a required stop. >> there was so much art being produced at one time it was used as currency. >> the town doctor amassed incredible art collection because he swapped artwork for services. >> now that is an insurance plan that that doctor was happy about. >> absolutely. >> the milton avery was a copay. >> artists like philip mall coat painted year around bringing the dead of winter light. >> you can feel the wind, the bluster of the cold the way he created the company knicks. >> the message don't be scared of a cape cod wenter. >> some of the finest pictures have come out of cape cod winters. if you are bold enough to be here in the wintertime you get to experience this firsthand. >> come february we could be
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walking right here and not see a soul. >> we met pulitzer prize winning author michael cunningham in october when the town was already going into hibernation. when you first came here did you think, this is really quiet? 30 years ago cunningham survived his first provincetown winter, barely. >> i went a little crazy. i got cabin fever, to the point where i almost required hospitalization. >> still cunningham's book about provincetown nothing short of a love letter. >> this is another of those strangely potent places. it's an eccentric's sanctuary. it's one of the very few places i know of that actually prefers peculiarity. they rather there be something a little off about you. >> the baseline, default here is eccentric. >> exactly exactly. >> i love it when i do this.
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because serve an artist. everybody has a little art in them. >> businessman dave roberts may not be eccentric but when he's in provincetown well, he's all about the creative. if someone who had never been to provincetown asked to you describe it, what would you say? >> you know what i'm going to do quote my beautiful granddaughter. she has pig tails she said, if i had six pig tails, and everyone was a different color no one would even look at me. is that beautiful? >> can you draw a line between the pilgrims eugene o'neill, robert motherwell and you? is there something similar that drew all these different people to this place? >> you know, it's slightly mysterious. provincetown's allure. and i'm perfect ly content with it as a mystery.
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it's row moat. it's a little bit wild. there's something about it. >> i have feeling that there are going to be a lot of people watching at home saying that's it, monday, i'm quitting my job i'm moving to provincetown i'm going to become the artist that i always wanted to be. >> lot of people have done that, believe me. >> osgood: still to come actor bill nighy on broadway. >> it's nice when the key turns on. >> osgood: but first actor keanu reeves. >> let's go for a ride.
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>> osgood: keanu reeves sure to get his share of kicks in the 1999 film "the matrix" nowadays he's getting his kicks by leading campaign for brand new breed of motorcycle. as he explains to our tracy smith. >> his sleeve on the line.
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this is not a joke! >> at age 50, keanu reeves has made as many movies as he's had years on earth. >> what's going on? >> but if he likes being onset he may like how he gets there even more. >> i love riding motorcycles. something about the freedom of it. the concentration that you take away. love how they look. how they smell. how they feel. it's cool to find this location. >> now receives has taken that love of bikes to a new level. >> this is how it all started? >> this is the beginning of arch motorcycle company. >> back in 2011, reeves had a bike custom built by gard hollinger he liked the results so much he suggested they make more. but hollinger had his doubts. >> so, keanu comes to you and says we should share these with the world and you say --
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>> i don't know. really? quite honestly we had conversations about how his celebrity might affect us negatively. >> how so? >> just the perception that it's a vanity project that you got this person who is a public figure involved just for that aspect in it. it couldn't be further from the case you know. >> you're involved way more than just slapping your name on the thing. >> yeah. yeah. ultimate test rider too. he rides so much. anything that can be broken he'll break". >> it seems reeves has always approached what he does with a certain gusty ever since playing of romeo and juliet. >> performing or acting had a sense of freedom to it, a sense of pleasure. it was fun. then also places that you could go in that and what you could say. >> do you always immersion yourself in parts? are you that kind of actor this.
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>> am i that guy? >> yeah, are you that guy? >> i am. only a couple of roles have i asked you to, you know, call me by my character's name. >> don't forget to wind your watch! >> he was convincing as an air head in "bill and ted's excellent adventure." >> all we are is dust in the wind, dude. >> this is your [bleep] wake up call. i am an fbi agent! >> and as an action hero in "point break" he was down right contagious. >> i can't tell you how many times i've run into people who have said, i started skydiving because i saw "point break." or you know, started surfing -- >> how did it make you feel? >> that's awesome. >> want some water? >> no. i got choked up. >> i like that.
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>> when you're telling stories you hope to be able to affect people positively. >> and know that people changed their lives essentially is kind of cool. >> especially something like sky driving and surfing. yeah. >> reeves gets so into his parts he does just about whatever is asked of his character. you do a lot of your own moves? >> yeah, i do a lot of my own moves. i try to be there as much as i possibly can. >> whether it's jumping on to an out of control in "speed" or jumping 50 feet in the air in "the matrix." were you ever in one of those moments thinking, what the hell am i doing? why didn't i just let somebody else do this for me? >> no. >> no? >> no. because that's where the fat is, you know? it's telling a story. all of these things go into part of the expression of the role in
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telling the story. and so whatever it takes. >> whatever it takes might apply to arch motorcycles too. each one of the 200 parts on the bike is custom made in the los angeles shop with painstaking care. this tank shell alone took 64 hours to shape. >> the design of the tank, the frame. you know. the scale here in the ear end and cowling and rear wheel. darn, she's beautiful. and then, you know, it's the ride. >> even the key is a work of art. >> you know, it's nice when the key turns on. let's go for a ride. >> that ride would be a solo one. there is no passenger seat. and the price? $78,000.
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>> yeah, it's not cheap. >> but worth it? >> yeah. i think so. >> have you ever had anyone complain about the price once they get their hands on one of these bikes? >> nope. >> it's not like reeves needs the money. in fact he's famous for giving it away. back when he was making the matrix sequels he reportedly gave millions of his own profits to the movies' special effects and costumes team. but he likes to keep that a secret. >> do you not like being pegged as a nice guy? i'm being serious though. >> no, no. >> you get uncomfortable when people talk about your being generous. >> yeah. i'm pretty private. >> that's part of it? >> if people have nice things to say about you that's always nice. >> or maybe that you've done something nice for someone in private? >> no, no, no. what's going on here? >> that makes you seem like an
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even nicer guy. >> i'm not. >> he seems far more at ease here talking shop. each bike takes 90 days to make and so far they have delivered about a dozen. of course, the road to success in this business can be tough. but keanu reeves seems to be enjoying the ride. are you as invested in this as you are in any role that you take? >> yeah. they look different but from inside the commitment to it i guess the expression is, all in. >> and you're all in? >> all in. >> osgood: up next, man of the moment. if you have high blood sugar ask your doctor about farxiga. it's a different kind of medicine that works
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>> osgood: remember the computer game, pac-man? many of us do. in fact hundreds of pac-man fans dressed in yellow packed themselves together in japan this past thursday to form a gigantic pac-man image. they were marking the 35th anniversary of pac-man's video game debut. while also looking forward to his featured role in an upcoming film titled "pixels" and if if
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that were not enough a 3d image of pac-man equipped with a go-pro camera was lifted to a height of more than 20 miles. yet another memorable peak of achievement for pac-man. ahead, rita braver sizes up tony nominated actor bill nighy.
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>> osgood: it's almost tony time on broadway. the big award show is just two weeks from tonight here on cbs. among the five nominees for best leading actor is a man whose name might not immediately come to mind. rita braver reveals his identity >> does this face look familiar?
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>> they think your the dentist or brother-in-law. do i know you? well maybe probably not. >> you may not know his name but you probably have seen bill nighy on the big screen. >> there was a lot of decades, i always have to check is. >> he's been in dozens of films frequently drawing rave reviews for making small parts into significant ones. >> you know, i occasionally surprise myself. mostly i just try to do the best i can. >> there you go. bill nighy. best actor in the play now he's doing his best on broadway, nominated for a tony award for his role in "skylight." >> you look down always on the way we did things. or the way things are done. you could never accept it.
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>> he's a businessman who reconnects with his former mistress and employee played by carey mulligan, also a tony nominee. >> also i love because your wife discovered buy sleeping with you over six years. >> that as well. >> why do you see in him that makes you want to do this play every night? >> it's a very good part. it exercises you. not that i'm one given -- if anybody mentions the word challenge, i usually call a cab. it must be a challenge yeah, right. it is challenging. you get to run the gamut. >> on stage nighy and mulligan argue pea bouter. >> you're dish from everybody else in this part of town? >> what's that? >> you're the only one who's fought so fard to get into it. >> his energy works with an
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audience in a way that i never really kind of got. understood before. he's able to understand what an audience is sort of tuning into and what they're not. >> thank you that's very kind. >> today at 64, bill nighy is known for his elegant manners and depoke suits. we need to take a look at this because i didn't notice so much -- >> check me out. >> so much. >> see what i'm saying. there it is. does my bum look all right in it? >> he grew up a restless, working class kid in surrey, england. how did you decide to become an actor? >> i met a girl and she was the first girl who paid any attention to me. she could have said "astronaut" i probably would have given that. she was going to drama school. she said you could be an actor. i had no idea what that meant. >> what did you discover that you liked? >> i didn't discover anything i
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like. i thought in a minute i'll stop. every time i finished i thought i'd never put myself through that humiliation. >> don't be fooled. in play after play, he established himself as a top actor in the competitive world of british theater. and then in 2003 came a film role that would change his life. >> i won't say the truth. >> the best shag you ever had. >> britney spears. >> no, only kidding. >> playing aging rocker in "love actually." critics went wild. he won a bafta a british oscar for the role. nighy was in his 50s by then. what was it like to be overnight success at that stage in your life? >> a groovey thing, i didn't have to audition any more. there would be something odd about the exchange. i'd realize they were trying to
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talk me into the job rather than me begging for it. which was a big and desirable change. >> continued to defend your liberty and repel the forces taken from you. >> he went on to play the minister of magic in a harry potter movie. >> i challenge davy jones. >> he was the squid-faced villain davy jones in two pirates of the caribbean films. >> he's one of the retirees taking up residence in india in the hit "best exotic marigold hotel" film. >> there you are. good as new. >> really? >> of course not. >> and yes that's him driving the motor bike. >> it was not a double. i was shocked. neither is judi dench on my
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back. god knows every morning i used to wake up be, just don't kill judi dench. >> maybe tabloids that we're dating. >> yeah, why not. >> in real life, nighy is single after a 27-year relationship and one daughter with british actress diana quick. he acknowledges overcoming alcoholism. and there is something else. one of the things that people do talk about is the way you hold your hands. >> well i suffer -- i don't suffer, i have dupuytien's contracture. which is hereditary. which my mother had and her father had means that my fingers don't do anything except that. >> kind of looks elegant. >> younger actors have come on occasion, i love that thing that do you with your hands. >> indeed it hasn't cramped his style. even with the play "skylight"
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nominated for seven tony awards, bill nighy isn't taking anything for granted. >> i do have -- average difficulty thinking positively about myself. i mean i just always have. something like a tony nomination which for ten minutes gives you confidence. but those ten minutes you -- well, maybe i'm not crazy. >> osgood: coming up a stitch in time.
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>> osgood: in san francisco is helping folks to make their neighborhood look good as new. he's helping to polish up their neighborhood as well. steve hartman has tracked him down. >> when most people look at the streets of the tenderloin district in downtown san francisco they see drugs crime and homelessness. >> i find the tenderloin the most beautiful, magical place.
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>> we looking at the same place? >> this is michael swaine. >> i think we are. >> his unique perspective comes from a 15-year mission to mend this neighborhood. literally mend this neighborhood. once a month this college art teacher sets up a sewing machine on the sidewalk, and stitch by stitchery pairs the fabric of his community. all for free. >> i don't need any money. you know someone else who needs the money. >> it's such a simple gesture. but it means so much to the residents here. >> it's like, i've got that back. something i thought that i'd lost, i've got it back. >> he's fixing them. i don't have the money to go waste. who would want to go fix somebody's nasty grimy clothes. >> good point. answer has nothing to do with sewing. >> the sewing machine is more than just the tool for mending it's also the tool for making people stop. >> what stories do you have for us today veronica?
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>> teal that people feel comfortable around. >> a beautiful sewing machine. >> michael started sewing for strangers after he found this antique tossed to the curb. it was his way of paying it forward. in the years since it has become less about letting out pants more about taking in stories. about building community. >> it's team work. you know what i'm saying? >> i really appreciate from the bottom of my heart what he does for the neighborhood. >> he's a good man. he's touching the world and healing people with his gift and i honor him and i thank him. >> like an old pair of jeans. the tenderloin will probably never be good as new. but thanks to people like michael. >> this material has a little stretch. >> it's still got a lot of life left in it. >> i'm so grateful. thank you so much. >> you're welcome. >> osgood: still to come.
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a ship that helped change the world. but next -- rocking the boat with u2.
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>> it's "sunday morning" on cbs. here again is charles osgood. >> osgood: won three grammys including record of the year back in 2001. now, all these years later the four irish band members are off on brand new tour while finding time to talk with our anthony mason. >> it's been four years since u2 last toured together. four years since bono, the edge, adam clayton and larry mull learn, junior, conquered the world. selling more than seven million tickets and earning more than $700 million.
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♪ leading "rolling stone magazine" to label them, the biggest band on earth. ♪ your last tour the 360 tour was the most successful tour in history. >> right. thank god. that was great. loved hearing you say that, anthony. we're going to get on just great. >> that does mean something to you? >> of course it does. we're a live band. ♪ >> are you competitive about that sort of thing? did you feel yourself competing against the stones while they were touring? >> mick jagger came to see us in
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pop hart and we'd really gone to some length in pop mart. this is getting like star wars. >> their new show, the insurance and experience tour" is still gig. they left the huge outdoor stadiums and moved indoors. ♪ you're playing smaller arenas this time. >> oh, yeah. the club gigs. it's a club gig. >> but they're still traveling with 24 semi trucks full of gear. >> the lion tamers are over there. bring out the camels. the circus has come to town. we're so distracted half the time. >> tell where you to go? >> we caught up with the band on the road. first in vancouver, where they
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spent a month rehearsing. >> this is behind the scenes stuff that no one gets to see. we're actually under the stage right now. >> the edge took us through their subterranean stage set up. >> this is what we call guitar world. the reason why so many every guitar has to have a spare. this is the steps that i come up beginning of the show. and this is my little area of the stage. >> u2 tour is a blend of both high and low tech. edge uses these antique amps. >> it's still valve technology. it's exactly the same as it was in the he '50s. >> then there's the mammoth led screen suspended. >> we basically have this double-sided screen, but we can also climb into the image. want to see inside? >> let's take a look. >> during the concert the band climbs into what feels like a giant cage.
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>> this will be home for the next year or so. >> what is it like performing in here? >> it's different. very different. >> but it's transforming the concert experience. when my image was thrown on the screen with edge inside, i could appear to hold him in the palm of my hand. on opening night it was bono's hand reaching out. ♪ but that first night the tour almost ended in vancouver. when the edge went over the edge. >> it was a moment of reverie where i just completely lost sight of where i was on the stage. >> luckily he was unhurt. >> were you guys nervous when he went over the side? >> sick in the pit of my stomach. weird moment. i knew what was down there.
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>> start and end all in the same evening. >> would have been the shortest tour in history. >> the tour has already been postponed once after bono crashed a bicycle in central park in november fracturing his cheek shoulder and hand. he still can't play guitar. >> i can't close these fingers. >> you can't close them at all? >> no. >> do you think you'll ever be able to? >> they don't know. >> do you remember lying on the ground afterward? >> not at all. >> when you figured out what happened what were you thinking? >> edge says that i look at my body like it's an inconvenience. and that i need to be more mindful. and, you know, i've been disagreeing with edge all my life on musical matters but i'm starting to pay much more attention to him on philosophical ones.
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♪ >> next year will mark 40 years since the four band members first came together. it didn't look promising at first. this is a rejection letter from rso records in 1979. your tape it reads not suitable for us at present. we wish you luck with your future career. >> we got rejected by pretty much every record label in the u.k. it wasn't just that letter. probably six or seven similar letters. >> with their new album and tour u2 has returned to their early days in dublin. bono's song "iris" is about his mother who died when he was 14.
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>> not very punk rock thing to dos it? i was really, really embarrassed. woke up few days before the apple release and tried to stop it from being on the album. >> really? >> yeah. i just thought, i can't do this. i can't do this to myself. i'm a macho irish singer blacks blacks,. >> while texting his brother that day he realize it was an important anniversary. >> she iris, collapsed at the gravesite of her father as he was being put into the ground. i never saw her again. she died a few days later. the day i texted, three days before the was day she died. 40 years. 23 you're looking for cosmic rhymes, i'm always looking for cosmic rhymes. that felt like a blessing to me. it was a moment.
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♪ >> they're all in their 50s now. why do you keep coming back for this? >> there's something in the jeopardy. >> they sold 170 million records. but there's still a driving insecurity behind this banda desire to remain relevant. ♪ >> if you let go of that aspect of the culture of popular music and you choose to be less popular you're sort of in a different game. >> so many bands don't make it. why are you still here? >> we love it. we just love that moment where a song comes together, we think it's connecting. we just love what we do. >> so u2 is back on the road
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trying to push the envelope again. you have to find a reason to want to go back. >> the songs want us to do that. people say, your songs are like your children. and they're not. >> they're not? >> no. they're like your parents. they tell you how to dress. what to look like. how to behave. they don't like being ignored. they really don't. ♪ >> osgood: set sail through history next. ♪ no matter how they tossed the dice. ♪ ♪ it had to be. ♪ ♪ the only one for me is you. ♪ ♪ and you for me. ♪ ♪ so happy together! ♪ now there's a rewards program that lets you earn points at one place and use them at another. introducing plenti.
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phillips went aboard. >> as memorials to american wars go, this one goes right back to the first one the revolutionary war. and it is certainly among the most handsome and the most intricate history lesson ever built. a newly launched replica of the french frigate hermione is now in mid atlantic plowing westward toward the u.s. east coast. she's retracing the voyage in 1780 of the original hermione, whose mission was so crucial she may have been one of the most important warships in u.s. naval history and the most forgotten. the original was built for speed and so according to her crew is the copy. >> she sails like a bird. >> it's true. >> lafayette is the point of the story. the french auris cocontract and
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great friend of george washington's was returning to the revolutionary battle aboard hermione on that voyage was bringing good news. that french troops and more fighting ships were also coming to america to support the cause they would prove decisive. french ground troops played a major role in the final defeat of the british at york town, virginia, in 1781. and that victory would not have happened if french warships hadn't beaten off a british fleet in the battle of the virginia capes. a lot has been forgotten. the new hermione was built to refresh people's memories. and stepping on board is like stepping back 250 years. mark jensen, a 57-year-old medical publisher from new york, who is one of several americans on the mostly french crew think
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it's pretty fabulous, too. what was it about the idea of the ship that you sound so attractive? >> i knew nothing of the story. i found that part of the human part of the story fascinating. >> what started as a love of history has become a lover of this recreation of it. >> i think on some levels we forget, we look at it as an old ship and think of her as very slow and ploddish. at the time she was a race car. she was a formula one at the time and impressed the other sailors to no end. >> and she's still impressing sailors including her captain yann carriou. he expect to be handed a lumbering antique. but he found something else. >> as a man of the 21st century, and a man of the sea of
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the 21st century, are you impressed with what 18th century sail and marine technology accomplished? >> yes very impressed. because when we sail the first time and we discovered immediately how the ship was a fast and sea worthy ship and we said, how? >> how has become the operative word on hermione. how to sail her. a lot of the skills of managing a square rigger had to be re-learned. and how to build her. almost all the skills that builders had in the days of great wooden sailing ships had disappeared and the whole industry that supported ship building had vanished centuries ago. materials had to be sourced. a new generation of shipwrights
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had to learn long lost skills. luckily they had time. it took 17 years to build the new hermione as funds had to be raised mostly from private contributions and by selling tickets to the historic shipyard where the construction slowly took place. in the end she cost about $30 million. and nobody regretted a penny. least of all bruno grevallier who was one of the people who had the idea after a few too many glasses of wine one night. >> almost more difficult to build a ship like this now than it was 250 years ago. one of the reasons why it lasted so long. other is getting the money. >> there is a delicious irony in this story the reason that hermione could be rebuilt so accurately is basis material ship, the concord was captured
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by the british in 1783. and british were so impressed they brought the concorde to england where the royal navy made line drawings of her to find out what made her so good. those drawings are now in the british national maritime museum where jeremy mitch sell their custodian. >> it was a fundamental british at least curiosity if not admiration for the kind of ships the french were building in that era. >> that's right yes. they had reputation for being faster for being more nimble ship it was always a french ship to be captured then given to a british officer because of that reputation. >> these drawings became this ship. hermione is set on a course to impress america again. adam hodge is a 22-year-old history student from lincoln massachusetts. >> when the ship arrived in boston, there was an article in one of the newspapers of the
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period that describes the arrival. talking about new modern french frigate, that's been copper bottomed. >> state-of-the-art. original was state-of-the-art. >> modern detower. top of the line. >> the original hermione was nicknamed freedom's frigate. she was wrecked in a storm in 1793. but now hermione and her story live again. >> osgood: summer movies just ahead. decide on a biologic ask if xeljanz is right for you. xeljanz is a small pill, not an injection or infusion for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well. xeljanz can relieve ra symptoms and help stop further joint damage.
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>> osgood: here's a look at the week ahead op our sunday morning calendar. monday is memorial day. with observances around the country including a presidential wreath laying at the tomb of the unknowns at arlington national cemetery. on tuesday singer stevie in this cases celebrates her 67th birthday. on wednesday the noaa puts out its initial forecast for the 2015 atlantic hurricane season. thursday sees the final round of the scripps national spelling bee. friday kicks off "contact in the desert" in joshua tree, california. a three-day conference on topics
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including extra terrestrial life and ufo sightings. saturday sees opening of "sweet life" a music and healthy food festival in columbia maryland.
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>> osgood: david pedal steep has seen one of the early offerings. >> family movies often make the case for hope. not exactly a controversial message. but "tomorrowland's" pro-hope with a vengeance. it rages against cynicism, obsession with apocalypse in films, tv shows novels. love it or hate it we must reckon with it. i loved it, though, i hated parts. i'll get back to them. i can't tell you much about the plot, since the fun is watching chair actors zigzag through space and being constantly disoriented. >> who are you kid?
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>> i can say george clooney is a recluse what was once a hopeful science nerd before something happened. and brit robertson plays a passionate high school space buff, so passionate she sabotages a nasa facility where rockets get dismantled because of budget cuts. >> it's not mine. >> emerging from jail she finds a 1964 new york world's fair pin that transports her to -- you'll see. >> soon she and clooney are being chased by robots and rocketing to other dimensions. the director is brad bird who made "the iron giant" "the incredibles." his animation is grounded by love of classic cinema. >> what you saw was a place -- his live action liberated by
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animate for's sense of possibilities. it's a sense of possibilities that's gone, he argues, in "tomorrowland." we seem to get a kinky thrill from visions of our own extinction. it's true every action geek is crowing about "mad max: fury road commitment is out now and makes a fetish of post-apocalyptic mayhem. >> if we die tonight -- there's another terminator movie opening in a few weeks "genesys wisconsin machines exterminating humans. >> nice to meet you. >> in the ongoing hunger games and divergent series, governance make kids kill kids. what's bizarre in "tomorrowland" when director blames teachers
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warning of climate change for hastening apocalypse. not because they're wrong but because they don't talk about solutions. blaming the messenger seems loony-tunes. but i agree with this. how many more dystopian nightmares do we need. the same year as the '6 world's fair that symbol of a good technological future, the doomsday comedy "dr. strange love" came out with the subtitle "how i learned to stop worrying and love the bomb." maybe today's culture loves the bomb a little too much. maybe "tomorrowland's" anti-pessimism is an overdue correction. think of it. a fun summer blockbuster that says "break out those science books, kids." c now to bob schieffer in washington for a look what's ahead on "face the nation."
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good morning bob. >> schieffer: good morning, charles. we'll talk to john mccain about what we can what should we do about isis and we'll talk to a panel of old vietnam hands about the fall of saigon 40 years ago. >> osgood: thank you, bob schieffer. we'll be watching. next week here on "sunday morning." a visit to sec's low country. by design. your purchase helps provide life-changing vitamins to 100 million children. here in the u.s. and around the world through our partnership with vitamin angels. just stop by walgreens for your vitamins. doing good for you, does good for others too. walgreens... at the corner of happy and healthy. are you so congested... it feels like that brick's on your face? try zyrtec®-d to powerfully
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>> schieffer: today on "face the nation." isis on the move and another american city on edge. cleveland authorities are on high alert after a white policeman is found not guilty in the shooting deaths two of african americans. we'll have the latest and as isis terrorists continue to rampage we'll ask the chairman of the senate armed services committee, john mccain. and top democrat on the house intelligence committee adam schiff what can be done to stop them. plus, on this memorial day weekend, a look back at vietnam and what's changed in the 40 years since the fall of saigon. it's all ahead because, this is "face the nation." captioning sponsored by cbs


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