While Tom Hanks has been getting awards buzz for his portrayal of Captain Sullenberg in the new Clint Eastwood film “Sully,” the real-life pilot had a chance to return the honor. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” paid tribute to “America’s favorite actor” last night with a gag trailer for “Hanks,” a chronicle of the actor featuring Sully in the title role.
“Hanks, you are a movie star, you can do this,” Sully’s Hanks says, pep-talking himself on the park bench from “Forrest Gump” as a single feather floats down from above.
For a man who’s spent his life in a cockpit, this pilot has chops. Sully easily portrays Hanks’s career highlights, from the “Bosom Buddies” audition, to screaming on the “Cast Away” island, to paraphrasing Hanks’s lengthy 1995 Oscar speech by thanking everyone on Earth.
Kimmel claims the budget was upwards of $80 million for the Hanks tribute, as the story demanded to be told with panache. Enjoy the masterpiece below.
As for the actual Tom Hanks, he can be seen in theaters today in both “Sully” and Meg Ryan’s directorial debut “Ithaca.”