Starring in his iconic role as a Fed Ex employee stranded on an uninhabited island, Hanks captivates audiences in Cast Away. Grossing $429 million with little acting support besides a volleyball named Wilson that Hank’s character develops an emotional bond with, the film is a massive success.
When we started making Cast Away, I just thought it would be a funny, unique movie about a guy who spends four years alone on an island. I didn’t realize that it would also be an examination of what solitude can do to you and why I’m overjoyed to have a wife and four kids. … We don’t have a host and it’s hard to vote yourself off the island when you’re the only one on it.