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Hanks Shed 55 Pounds for Role

May 7, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Playing a solo castaway on a tropical island turned out to be hard work for Tom Hanks.

Hanks’ character in ``Cast Away″ is marooned for four years, so co-star Helen Hunt wasn’t around for the scenes filmed in Fiji.

``It makes you crazy,″ he told Time magazine of playing a character who is all by himself. ``You’re not sharing the storytelling lifting with someone you can react off of.

``It’s almost like making a silent movie. You have to tell every aspect of the story physically, being totally alone.″

Hanks also had to drop 55 to 60 pounds for his role.

``Cast Away″ is set for a Christmas release.

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