Tom Hanks stars in the Movie Sully, which depicts the landing of US Airways flight 1549 and the aftermath. The film chronicles the landing on the Hudson River after birdstrike, and tells the story of Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger following the event. The movie is directed by Clint Eastwood, and is largely based on Sully’s memoir, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters.
The real life Sullenberger retired in 2010, about a year after the Hudson River landing. And last night on Saturday Night Live, Tom Hanks reprised his role as Sully in a sketch, called “Cockpit.” In the sketch, Hanks portrays an obnoxious version of the retired captain, who wants to make sure his accomplishment is known to everybody.
Hanks’ Sully sits right in the captain’s seat, but is told that he needed extra training to take up flying again. Alec Baldwin plays the actual captain in the movie, who claims back his seat after some validation from air traffic control. However, Sully continues to muddle with the aircraft control, and even makes announcements about hitting the Hudson. You can watch the full sketch below.
It was a sketch made in good fun, and I enjoyed the “obnoxious Sully” that Hanks played. Some audiences are definitely more sharp eyed though, as evident in the YouTube comments. 123Comrade said, “Sully was type rated for the Airbus A320, why would you show a Boeing 737 in the beginning AND an A330 during T/O!?” Another one pointed out something I didn’t even notice; JacobyDrifter79 said, “Lol a united 737 livery with American airlines titles. This is funny.”
Ah, the details.