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Hanks Goes Gaunt for ‘Cast Away’

March 5, 2000

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ A slimmer Tom Hanks is due in Memphis next month to film parts of a movie in which he plays an island castaway, a spokeswoman says.

Hanks plays a workaholic Federal Express executive who survives a plane crash and is stranded alone on a small island in the film ``Cast Away,″ a 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks studios production with Robert Zemeckis directing.

While on the remote island, Hanks has to ``completely transform himself both physically and emotionally in order to survive his circumstance,″ Russell said.

The film began production in early 1999 with scenes in Los Angeles and Moscow, but it had to take an eight-month break while Hanks lost more than 40 pounds to give his character a gaunt look when he returned to civilization.

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