|Cast Away - Easter Egg|
Did You Know
that in Cast Away, Tom Hanks might have been able to get off the island years earlier than he did?
In the movie Cast Away, Tom Hanks plays Chuck Noland, a FedEx employee who is stranded alone on an island for four years. Shortly after he arrives on the island, several FedEx packages wash ashore, and he opens all but one of them. What Chuck never realizes is that the one package he didn't open contains a solar-powered, waterproof, satellite cell phone!
At least that was what director Robert Zemeckis said was in the unopened package during a question-and-answer session at a major university. But the audience laughter that greeted Zemeckis' "revelation" indicated that they thought he was joking, as indeed, he surely must have been. Actually, the contents of the unopened package remains one of the movie's mysteries, and it's intriguing to think that there could have been something in that package that would have made the story come out differently.
If you have Disc Two of the Cast Away DVD set, there's a hidden feature on it where you can hear for yourself Zemeckis making his tongue-in-cheek remark and the guffaws it elicited. Navigate to the VIDEO AND STILLS GALLERIES menu, and as soon as you get there, press the up arrow button, which will result in the SPECIAL FEATURES option at the bottom of the screen being highlighted. Do not press any button at this point -- instead wait about fifteen or twenty seconds and a graphic of a pair of wings will appear at the left of the screen. This graphic will already be highlighted. Press the Enter button, read the words on the screen, and then press the Enter button while Play is highlighted.
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