Tom Hanks Archives
Captain Phillips

Character: Captain Richard Phillips
Created by: Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty (based on)
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Written by: Billy Ray
Produced by: Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca
Other cast: Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed
Release date: October 11, 2013
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Running time: 2h 14min

In April 2009, the U.S. containership Maersk Alabama sails toward its destination on a day that seems like any other. Suddenly, Somali pirates race toward the vessel, climb aboard and take everyone hostage. The captain of the ship, Richard Phillips, looks to protect his crew from the hostile invaders, and their leader, Muse. The pirates are after millions of dollars, and Phillips must use his wits to make sure everyone survives and returns home safely.


→ Out here survival is everything


♦ During an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air”, Tom Hanks said the first time he met the actors playing the Somali pirates was when they started filming the pirates taking over the bridge.
♦ Tom Hanks claimed that all the interior lifeboat scenes were filmed inside a scale model that was actually on water at all times, resulting in him being vomited on by crew members in the cramped space.

Character’s Quotes

• There’s gotta be something other than being a fisherman and kidnapping people.
• The problem isn’t me talking. The problem is you not listening.
• If the pirates find you, remember, you know this ship. They don’t. Make them feel like they’re in charge but keep them away from the important things like the generator and the engine controls. Stick together… and we’ll be all right. Good luck.
• They sure are. I’ll tell you something. It’s not gonna be easy for our kids. They’ll be going into a different world than the one you and I came into.