Tom Hanks’ new movie “Sully” opened this past weekend to pretty good reviews. I rarely get the opportunity to create portraits of celebrities for the Wall Street Journal anymore, but drawing Hanks with Airline Pilot Chesley Sullenberger’s recognizably bright white hair and mustache might’ve been a fun challenge!
I’ve drawn Tom Hanks for the Journal innumerable times over the years, so I thought I’d share a few here. The first two are particularly interesting because of the way his appearance was altered for the roles he was playing. He wore a prosthetic nose and teeth for Joel and Ethan Coen’s “The Ladykillers” (2004), and was animated as the Conductor in Robert Zemeckis’s “The Polar Express” (2004). In Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal” (2004), Hanks played a gentleman named Viktor Navorski. He looked completely natural but spoke with an Eastern European accent (can you tell by the drawing?). Finally, in Ron Howard’s “The Da Vinci Code” (2006), Tom played Dr. Robert Langdon with uncustomary long hair.
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