The true story adaptation Sully hits theaters this weekend, with two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks playing Captain Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who averted disaster in 2009 by landing his plane on the Hudson River in what became known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." Both Tom Hanks and the real Sully appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, but the host had a surprise for the actor. Sully and Jimmy Kimmel debuted a fake trailer for the Tom Hanks "biopic" simply entitled Hanks, starring Chesley Sullenberger as the beloved actor.
This four-minute video from Jimmy Kimmel Live goes back to Tom Hanks early acting days, with a producer claiming that Tom Hanks isn't a "movie star name." The video itself even features a surprise appearance from Peter Scolari, Tom Hanks' co-star on the hit 1980s sitcom Bosom Buddies, which helped launch his career. The video also showcases some of the actor's "epic struggles," such as flubbing the "box of chocolates" line in Forrest Gump.
Perhaps one of the video's most memorable moments is when Chesley Sullenberger portrays Tom Hanks in the 2000 drama Cast Away, complete with his "friend" Wilson the volleyball, along with Hanks accepting his first Oscar for Philadelphia. While the video is quite the humorous parody, it does make one wonder who would in fact play Tom Hanks in a biopic? Since the actor is showing no signs of slowing down yet, we likely won't get a biopic for quite some time.
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. Clint Eastwood directs Sully, from a script by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.
Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart (Olympus Has Fallen, The Dark Knight) as Sully's co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (The Savages, Kinsey, Showtime's The Big C) as Sully's wife, Lorraine Sullenberger. The biopic is being produced by Eastwood, Frank Marshall, Allyn Stewart and Tim Moore, with Kipp Nelson and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers. Take a look at this Tom Hanks biopic parody trailer, before seeing Sully in theaters this weekend.