Monday, August 22, 2016
Every Heroic White Man
I'm looking forward to seeing the movie "Sully." It will tell the story of the heroic pilot Sully Sullenberger who saved all of his passengers by landing his crippled plane in the Hudson River. Sully will be played by (who else?) Tom Hanks.
It seems like whenever Hollywood wants to celebrate a heroic white man it turns to Hanks. He played James Donovan, the obscure lawyer who successfully negotiated the release of the U2 spy, Francis Gary Powers, and refused to leave the hapless student Frederic Pryor behind.
Hanks played Captain Richard Phillips who put himself in danger to save his cargo ship and crew when they were attacked by Somali pirates.
I wonder how Tom Hanks feels about all these roles? Is he glad for the steady income for a middle-aged actor and lets it go at that? Or, does he envy and maybe even yearns for that one "real life'" moment of smart thinking and courage that separates these heroes from the rest of us?
If I were Hanks, I know I would take pride in one iconic role that's certainly my favorite: it's Woody from the three Toy Stories. Let's put Woody up there with the "real life" guys.