Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures, CR: Hopper Stone, SMPSP)

During his diverse career, Tom Hanks has received five Oscar nominations, and he’s taken home the trophy for his work in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump.

Early word of mouth suggest Hanks is an awards nomination shoo-in for Captain Phillips, the true story of Captain Richard Phillips ordeal with Somali pirates in 2009. The film, directed by The Bourne Supremacy filmmaker Paul Greengrass, is based on Phillips’ book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea.

Much of his work in Captain Phillips requires a healthy deal of physicality, but the part also had Hanks delve into the mentally challenging ordeal Phillips underwent from this traumatic experience. When asked if he conjures up visions of his own family when acting in emotionally driven scenes, Hanks said that’s a tool that he rarely uses these days.

“I don’t have anything in common with Rich (Phillips),” said Hanks. “I love my family, I love my kids. And when the moments come it’s not as though you can just substitute your own life for what (role) you’re doing. You have to go to some other place where it’s bigger than your own life and it has more impact than that.”

To hear Tom Hanks elaborate on the places he goes to in creating his characters, click on the media bar below:



Captain Phillips opens October 11.

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