Date: 8th January 2001
In the film CAST AWAY, star TOM HANKS fights a four year battle against Mother Nature as he tries to survive on a remote island with only the elements and some stranded Federal Express packages.
The star of THE GREEN MILE was attracted to the excitement of battling against the elements. He explains, "I think everybody knows that nature can crush us no matter how much gortex or how many ready to eat meal pouches we have, sooner or later we'll lose that. When nature gains the upper hand it could be all over in six hours or in 24 hours. "Remember we've become insulated by and large by building and cars and clothes and technology. Take them all away well then man you're fighting a losing battle right off the bat. I think there is a degree of adventure in that. "I mean what's more exciting than weathering the storm. If you're in the storm it's hell on earth but if you're just hearing about the person who weathered the storm it's always kind of fascinating." (RXM/WN/PDD)