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'The Walk' director Robert Zemeckis has lived his own high-wire act

Robert Zemeckis, the director of "The Walk," wasn't paying attention on the morning of Aug. 7, 1974, when a Frenchman named Philippe Petit strung a wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent 45 minutes walking back and forth between them without a net.tmpplchld Back then, Zemeckis, who had just graduated from the University of Southern California's film school, was too busy hustling for work to pay attention to the news. He would make his directorial debut four years later, with the manic comedy "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," about a group of diehard Beatles fans hell-bent on meeting the group by whatever means necessary during their 1964 visit...