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Tom Hanks gets superhero envy

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 00:49

Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks admits his hankering for comic book roles as he opens the Tokyo International Film Festival with ''Captain Phillips''. Rough cut - no reporter narration

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Tokyo's annual film festival kicked off on Thursday (October 17) with Tom Hanks' latest film "Captain Phillips". The film is based on real life events, and Hanks plays the title role of Richard Phillips, whose U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama got hijacked in 2009 by Somali pirates 145 miles (233 km) off the coast of Somalia. While this movie, which has been well received by critics, is based in reality he said that he would jump at the chance to do something more fantastical. "Will I play a superhero? I keep waiting for them to ask me and they never do. Who do they want? Batman? Iron Man? The Flash? Green Arrow? The Fantastic Four? Spider-man? The Hulk? Captain Marvel? Quicksilver? The Avengers? I'll do them all, no-one asks. No one else. Silver Surfer? I'll play him. Galactus? I'll play Galactus," Hanks said. This year marks the 26th year of the Tokyo International Film Festival which runs until October 25 with the top film winning $50,000 USD.

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Tom Hanks gets superhero envy

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 00:49