One of the more touching moments in Castaway was when the main character was able to successfully deliver an unopened package. But what was in the box? According to director Robert Zemeckis, it was a waterproof, solar-powered satellite phone. If that's true, then this is a more horrifying conclusion than Se7en or any original fairytale ending.
You'd think FedEx may have paid a pretty penny to get all that exposure in the film. In fact, they didn't pay anything. In appreciation, they let the crew film at their actual hubs in Memphis, Los Angeles and Moscow.
And not from his ridiculous body modification, either. Tom Hanks got a staph infection after not treating a nasty cut on his leg and had to be rushed to a doctor. Production was shut down for three weeks. It seems like the story of the making of this film was all about waiting for Tom Hanks.
There was so much undeniable chemistry between Tom Hanks and that inanimate volleyball that they were nominated for Best Onscreen Duo at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards. They didn't win but were reunited years later at a NY Rangers game.
Lines of dialogue were written for Wilson so Tom Hanks could have more natural interactions with his bouncy buddy. While we're not sure what the dialogue was, we can all assume Tom Hank's imagined it in the voice of Morgan Freeman.