Tom Hanks is just a phenomenal actor. This much is pretty much undisputed by anybody who's paying attention. Part of the reason that he is so great is that he has an uncanny ability to simply inhabit any role he takes on. This means he 's able to not only play real people but some of the most diverse people who have ever lived.

Tom Hanks' newest film has him once again playing a real person. Maybe it's the fact that there's a living template to show Hanks what he needs to do, but everytime he portrays somebody who actually lived, we have a tendency to forget who he really is.

Apollo 13

Apollo 13

Who He Played: Jim Lovell, the commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission to the moon.

Why He Crushed It: There are fewer real life events more truly terrifying than the concept of being completely on your own in the vacuum of space. However, Jim Lovell was one of the most experienced men in the US space program at the time. He never loses hope or focus. He assumes there's a solution that he simply needs to find. Hanks often plays characters who are in over their head. Jim Lovell was never that way.

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