ByTrevor Norkey, writer at Creators.co
Writer, filmmaker, actor and film enthusiast.
Trevor Norkey

Last weekend, Sully, starring Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart, flew into theaters. The biography drama told the beautiful true story of the miracle on the Hudson. Tom Hanks starred as Captain Sully, the quick-thinking pilot of Flight 155 who, sensing danger, landed his airplane full of passengers in the Hudson river.

Sully is the first movie featuring the collaboration of Tom Hanks in front of the camera and Clint Eastwood behind it. Both of these two are Hollywood legends, and the work they did together in Sully was truly magnificent.

Although Clint Eastwood was only the director in Sully, he did make an appearance. However, as Eastwood has pretty much quit acting, his cameo was not as a character in the film.

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures
Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Instead, we briefly saw a slightly younger Clint Eastwood in the film. This particular cameo came as a shock to me, as I never thought of Eastwood as the kind of director to reference his previous films.

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On-set image of Tom Hanks running in Times Square, with a Forrest Gump reference in the back that didn't make it into the final cut (Image: Warner Bros. Pictures)
On-set image of Tom Hanks running in Times Square, with a Forrest Gump reference in the back that didn't make it into the final cut (Image: Warner Bros. Pictures)

About midway through the film, there is a scene where Sully is jogging through Times Square in New York City at night. As this movie was shot in 2016, but took place in 2008, they were unable to use the current displays and billboards in Times Square, as that would be rather anachronistic.

Instead, billboards were hung across Times Square of previous movies Clint Eastwood has directed, including Gran Torino and Jersey Boys. The most prominent of these billboards was Gran Torino, which would make sense as it was released in the U.S. six days before Sully landed the plane in the Hudson.

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures
Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

The most noteworthy part of this, however, was the fact that the billboard featured a close-up image of Clint Eastwood's face, which Tom Hanks ran straight under. We've seen clever cameos in movies, like Stan Lee in The Avengers and Bill Murray in Ghostbusters, but this might be the first time we've ever seen the main character run under the over-sized head of the person making the cameo.

Overall, this fun appearance of Clint Eastwood added to an already fantastic film. The cameo kept the realism of the film, while still paying a quick tribute to the director. I enjoyed seeing Clint's quick appearance in Sully, and it is worth seeing the movie if you have not seen it yet.

Have you seen Sully yet? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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