Tom Hanks uses ‘Castaway’ Wilson volleyball at Guardians game: Photos – Hollywood Life
tom hank and Wilson the Volleyball were reunited. The 65-year-old released the iconic Castaway Prop from the 2000 movie to throw the ceremonial first pitch before the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Guardians game on Friday, April 15. Fans were thrilled to see the acting legend heading to the mound with the instantly recognizable ball in hand – featuring the face painted red – but unfortunately the wind made it difficult for Wilson to stay there with him .
The bullet was more or less a character from the classic 2000 movie when Tom’s character Chuck Nolan, FedEx Executive, survives a plane crash. Nolan then survives on a desert island in the Pacific Ocean, where he lives for four long years – alone – as Wilson represents the need for human connection. After finally coming up with a plan to get home that involves building a raft, Wilson falls into the ocean and sadly flies away. When Nolan returns to Memphis, Tennessee, he finds that he has been pronounced dead and his girlfriend Kelly (Helen Hunt) was moved with Jerry Lovett (Chris Noth).
Notably, Tom was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category for the role in 2001 – but lost to Russell Crowe in Gladiator. The father-of-four previously acknowledged working with volleyball was a game-changer for him – even revealing he heard Wilson’s ‘dialogue’ in his head.
“Yeah, when Wilson was born, I had dialogue with him, and I heard his – I heard his dialogue in my head,” Tom told Weekly entertainment years later. “I went crazy because I never had a day off…. I was never off camera for anything. The whole movie was point and shoot. I don’t even remember hearing it” action’ and ‘cut’. You just like to walk around the frame and walk around, and that’s how we shot the movie,” he also said.