This Tom Hanks fella sure has figured out how to make a nice living off of playing famous captains. First it was on the sea as the real-life Captain Phillips, and now his latest role sees him stepping into the shoes of famed airline pilot and hero Captain Sullenberg in the new movie Sully. Yeah, he’s pretty good at pretending to be other people, but it turns out he’s not the only one who can aptly pull off the old switcheroo, because Captain “Sully” Sullenberg himself is turning it around on the actor as the new star of the Tom Hanks biopic HANKS.
The folks at Jimmy Kimmel Live spent their “budget for the whole year to pay tribute to Tom Hanks” with a movie that sees Captain Sullenberg play the iconic actor all the way from his beginnings as a cocky young upstart, to his breakout television role on Bosom Buddies, to such cinematic classics as Forrest Gump and Castaway, and also his first Oscar win.
Personally I couldn’t tell the difference between the two; Sully sounded and looked exactly like Hanks. Was that even a wig? Oh, and they were lucky enough to get Peter Scolari to play the part he was born to play–himself. Casting is so important in these types of movies.
Captain Sully was already an American hero for safely landing that plane on the Hudson River and saving all those people, but after HANKS comes out he’ll be bigger than ever. Maybe they’ll do a Joe Versus the Volcano remake with him. It would be huge.
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