June 26, 2022

Tom Hanks Brings ‘Solid Away’ Volleyball Wilson to Baseball Sport

An surprising reunion! Tom Hanks helped the Cleveland Guardians open their annual baseball season with a particular visitor.

The Saving Mr. Banks star, 65, was tasked with throwing the ceremonial first pitch on the Friday, April 15, baseball recreation shortly earlier than the Guardians took on the San Francisco Giants. There, Hanks had some emotional assist in Wilson, the volleyball he costarred with in 2000’s Solid Away.

Tom Hanks Brings 'Cast Away' Volleyball Wilson to Help Throw Out 1st Pitch at Cleveland Guardians Game

Tom Hanks throws out the primary pitch on the Cleveland Guardians dwelling opener towards the San Francisco Giants on April 15, 2022.
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Within the film, Hanks performed Chuck Noland, a FedEx government who finally ends up stranded on a abandoned island. His solely supply of companionship is present in a volleyball, affectionately generally known as Wilson. The white ball notably had a crimson handprint with a smiling face etched onto the entrance. Throughout Friday’s recreation, the letter “C” was painted subsequent the print in honor of the Guardians’ residence. (The Giants ended up profitable the sport 4-1.)

“There goes Wilson,” CBS Sports broadcasters defined through commentary after the ball began rolling away from Hanks, who was making ready to toss the baseball. “Properly, it’s windy as we speak! [He’s] at all times the consummate actor. … There he goes once more! Wilson’s bought a thoughts of his personal [or] perhaps it’s remote-controlled.”

Although it’s been greater than 20 years since Hanks and Wilson first grew to become greatest buds onscreen, the California native has fondly remembered his time on set.

“We had simply daring adventures after we have been making that film,” Hanks recalled throughout an look on “The Bill Simmons Podcast” in November 2021, calling Solid Away certainly one of his favourite motion pictures that he made. “I imply we have been out in the course of the ocean simply — you recognize — attempting to seize pictures. We have been off in Fiji on two totally different events. … There was nothing however adventures each single day, each single evening.”

He added: “[One day] the solar was not but up within the East, and I’d rise up sporting nothing however a Speedo and a T-shirt. I’d make myself a cup of espresso. The home can be quiet — everyone can be in mattress. Stars have been out. Moon was out. The sky wasn’t even but to show blue, within the East, and I’d make a cup of espresso then I’d stroll down the gravel street to the place the pier was. After which I’d swim out to the particular fishing boat … get on with the pilot and the mate and one of many guys from the crew. And we might head out, and for 50 minutes the solar can be rising behind us on the open sea, and we might be heading in direction of the island of Monuriki, which is the place we shot.”

Hanks — who has been married to actress Rita Wilson since April 1988 — finally received the 2001 Golden Globe trophy for his main position in Solid Away.

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