The production of a film goes through several stages, including intense research to find an appropriate and beautiful title that reflects the essence of the film. After all, the title is the determining factor and briefly hints at the seriousness of the story.
Tom Hanks, one of the most acclaimed and famous films Shipwrecked also had different titles. Luckily, the original title didn’t stick around for long, as it would kill the very mood of the film with the clichéd titles the creators had originally thought of.
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That of Tom Hanks Shipwrecked Had a different title
Survival drama starring Tom Hanks Shipwrecked definitely owes a bit to the title of the film itself, as the title grabs attention with a bit of suspense. Released in 2000, Robert Zemeckis’ film won several accolades, but if the film’s makers had stuck to the original title, things could have been very different. Apparently, early in its development, the film was originally called Jungle Chuck. Talk with Austin, American StatesmanHanks revealed:
“I originally thought it was called ‘Chuck of the Jungle.’ The idea was that you took a guy whose whole life was about talking and communicating and you took everything away from him. What would that do to him?
The idea of calling the film Jungle Chuck was a cliché, actually following the obvious title of typical nature stories. Later, when Zemeckis was on board, he found the lost piece of the puzzle, the title of the film, and changed it to Cast Away to achieve the fame it had after its release. But there is more than one case involving Hanks in the film. He was almost killed during the filming of the film.
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Shipwrecked Tom Hanks almost killed
Hanks played Chuck Noland in the survival drama and dedicated himself to his role, losing more than 50 pounds to keep up with the character. Certainly, it wasn’t easy being a lone survivor, even in the movies. The legendary actor was reportedly seen near death during the filming of the film.
“[Cast Away] put me in the hospital. I was there for three days with something that, believe it or not, almost killed me. I got an infection from a cut and it was eating away at my leg. I didn’t know, I just thought I had a sore. Hanks said BBC One.
Reports at the time revealed that Forest Gump The actor had a staph infection that could be fatal if it invaded human blood. But Hanks admitted it was certainly a close match.
“I went to the doctor who took one look and said, ‘I need to put you in the hospital because we need to get rid of this infection before it poisons your blood and you would die’.” he told the outlet.
Fortunately, Hanks recovered and continued with the film which turned out to be a classic in the survival film genre. Additionally, his hard work has earned the actor several accolades, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Made with $90 million, the film grossed over $429 million at the worldwide box office.
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Source: Austin, American Statesman, BBC One.