January 30, 2018

Tom Hanks IRL

Tom Hanks has starred as real-life people in six feature films over the last 11 years, not counting Jim Lovell back in the 1990s, or his upcoming role as Mister Rogers. Sure, he's played a lot of real people in this decade, but how spread out are these stories in history?

  • James B Donovan: Bridge of Spies. Gary Powers U-2 spy plane was shot down in 1960
  • Walt Disney: Saving Mister Banks. Mary Poppins was released in 1964
  • James Lovell: The Apollo 13 mission launched in April 1970
  • Ben Bradlee: The Post publishes The Pentagon Papers in June 1971
  • Charlie Wilson: The movie Charlie Wilson's War covers much of the early 1980s.
  • The Mr. Rogers movie is based on a magazine profile from twenty years ago, it's unclear what form the movie will take...
  • Captain Sully Sullenberger's Miracle On The Hudson happened in January 2009
  • ...and Captain Phillips' ship was hijacked three months later, in April 2009.
Wouldn't it be amazing to get a photo of the real-life Lovell and Bradlee together, or Sullenberger and Phillips?