The legendary Hollywood actor Tom Hanks says that he felt honoured to portray the character of 'real-life hero' Captain Chesley Sullenberger (Sully) in Clint Eastwood's latest movie of the same title Sully: Miracle on the Hudson.
The 60-year-old star played the important role of Sully, the plane pilot, who had to force an emergency landing on the Hudson river following two bird strike to the plane engines. He had saved almost 155 passengers and other crew's lives by making this daring act.
This real incident happened on 15 January 2009.
Hanks said that he met the person Sully in real, to understand the character better. Sully, however, suffered from 'Post Traumatic Stress Disorder' after the incident and also had to go through a lot of difficulties to prove that the incident was not due to "pilot error."
"I think heroes are people who voluntarily put themselves in harm's way. And by that criteria you could say that anybody that puts themselves in an airplane for a living and cheats death somehow," Hanks said.
"They stand up in front of 140 odd people who are jammed into those seats and says, 'I know we will be in the air for three-and-a-half hours but don't worry we will get you there,' that is somebody who takes on a responsibility that's bigger than the average job requirements," Hanks added.