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Tom Hanks opens London Film Festival

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 01:42

Oct. 10 - The London Film Festival has kicked off with a screening of Tom Hanks' new controversial movie 'Captain Phillips'. Sarah Mills reports.

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Double Oscar winner Tom Hanks kicked the London Film Festival off in style. His new movie 'Captain Phillips' was chosen to open the 12 day event. Hanks stars as Captain Phillips - the captain who volunteered as a hostage to save the lives of his crew from Somali pirates. It's a true story, and Hanks took time to meet the man he plays: Soundbite (English) Actor, Tom Hanks, saying: ''I could have...anybody could have played this just based on the source material of his book and the screenplay but he was right there and he was willing to put up with me. That was the main thing - some people might not want to and the first thing I told him was 'look we'll be making some stuff up, we're going to be condensing your story, I hope you're ok with that.' He got it because, despite that, I said to him, the more you can fill me up with sort of the real deal the better and it was just a protracted conversation on two different occasions. I didn't have like a list of questions but I did get some really great information." 'United 93' director Paul Greengrass was at the helm. He dismissed reports that some of the real crew have complained of inaccuracies. Soundbite (English) Director, Paul Greengrass, saying: "What I know is that all the crew members bar one, all the crew members bar one signed releases having read this screenplay so I am very comfortable about the film and its accuracy, 100 per cent." Captain Phillips opens in US cinemas on Friday and in the United Kingdom next week.

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Tom Hanks opens London Film Festival

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 01:42