Tom Hanks talks about difference between new movie Finch and Cast Away

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Photo credit: Apple

In Finch, Tom Hanks is the only human on screen as he hangs out with his dog and a robot in a post-apocalyptic world, but he believes there's a big difference between his new movie and Cast Away.

That movie, if you need reminding, saw Hanks's FedEx employee Chuck marooned on a desolate island with no way to escape. As in Finch, he had limited screen company and mostly interacted with a volleyball called Wilson (RIP).

Talking to Digital Spy and other press ahead of Finch's release this Friday (November 5) on Apple TV+, he admitted that while there are similarities between the two solo adventures, his character in Finch has a very different motivation.

"The difference is, and this is something that [director] Miguel [Sapochnik] and I talked about ad infinitum in the course of making the movie, is that this movie starts and Finch begins with the desire to create the next version of what life is going to be," Hanks explained.

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Photo credit: Apple

"In Cast Away, which was an important movie for me, it was about the discovery of what was needed in order to live a full life and that was company and getting off that island. There is no island to get off of in Finch and there is company that is built into it, so the desire and emotional, philosophical structure of Finch is very different.

"There is also a moment in Cast Away where he's willing to sacrifice his life in order to get off that island. At no time in this is Finch willing to sacrifice his life because it's miserable or there's a risk he has to take.

"He is going to stay alive as long as possible because he has to love that dog, take care of that dog and see to it that that dog survives."

As Hanks points out, Finch is about the titular robotic engineer who creates a robot called Jeff (Caleb Landry Jones) to watch over his dog Goodyear when Finch no longer can as he fears he might be dying.

Even from that synopsis, you'd be forgiven for crying already. So how does it compare to previous emotional moments in his career to date, such as the classic ending from Toy Story 3?

Photo credit: Karen Kuehn - Apple
Photo credit: Karen Kuehn - Apple

"I can't compare these things because everybody comes along on its own time. The thing that we were always dealing with in Finch was that he had this knowledge that his days were numbered," Hanks noted.

"People have asked me, 'Hey what's that movie about?' and I say it's about a guy who builds a robot to take care of his dog after he passes on. That's a reality that Finch carries with him that we find out about in the course of this film.

"From the get-go, he is staying alive long enough to guarantee that his dog does not die with him. That's a long emotional beat to play and there is the new, added friendship that he accrues from Jeff.

"Jeff is learning because of his company with Finch himself, and the friendship that comes out of him is much more powerful than he anticipated. The connection between the three of them ends up being a really solid triangle as opposed to master and servant kind of relationship."

Finch will be released on Apple TV+ on Friday, November 5.

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