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When it comes to actors portraying real life people, while it's not required that a physical resemblance be perfect, it often helps with the illusion. Tom Hanks' look in Sully is the kind of impersonation we'll never be able to unsee. The Academy Award-winning actor will portray the man who became a national hero when he successfully saved a passenger jet from crashing. Here's your first look at Tom Hanks as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.
While Tom Hanks pulls off a remarkably solid Captain Sullenberger, he never ceases to be Tom Hanks, at the same time. One of the things that has made Hanks such a popular actor is probably exactly this. His co-star in the film Aaron Eckhart tells Entertainment Weekly about how Hanks began to walk and talk like Sullenberger during production, yet Hanks still always looks like himself as well. He just seems to have one of those faces that often looks like others. We'd never say that Captain Sullenberger looks like Walt Disney, yet somehow, Tom Hanks can look like both.
Sully will tell the story of the miraculous Miracle on the Hudson rescue, in which Captain Sullenberger successfully landed an airliner of 155 passengers in the middle of the Hudson River. Tom Hanks will be playing the lead role, alongside Aaron Eckhart as first officer Jeffrey Skiles in the new film directed by Clint Eastwood.
Tom Hanks' look isn't the only thing in the film that harkens back to reality. Sully actually did its filming on the Hudson River, and even used many of the same boats involved in the actual rescue in the film. In addition, the captain himself did spend a fair amount of time on the set, which implies that Hanks had plenty of opportunities to get both his look and his performance just right.
Earlier this year, we predicted that Sully could very easily end up as a major Academy Award contender for the year. With Tom Hanks in the lead and Clint Eastwood behind the camera, putting together the "based on a true story" movie that awards shows love, it's hard to not put Sully on the Oscar short list. It's certainly looking to be a contender.
Sully is scheduled for theatrical release on September 9. What do you think of Tom Hanks' look? Will he be a convincing American hero? Let us know what you think in the comments.