"He's the man!" exclaimed Tom Hanks on working for the first time with director Clint Eastwood at the New York City premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Sully" Tuesday night at Lincoln Center.
"There's absolutely no doubt when he's on the set work begins. You don't want to piss him off because he might cold-cock ya," Hanks laughed.
His new film is a biographical drama surrounding the aftermath of the controversial yet heroic landing of Flight 1549 in the Hudson River by pilot Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.
Eastwood said the 2009 water-landing of the passenger plane deserved to be a major motion picture "not only because of the way Sullenberger handled it, but also [because of] the impact that it had on New York at a bad time... the spirit it gave to the city. Even though it was a tragic loss of a plane there's no tragic loss of life."
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Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks poses for a portrait during an interview at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sept.18, 1996. Hanks, who turned 40 in July, has taken a career turn, writing and directing his new film,"That Thing You Do!" (AP Photo/Frank Wiese)
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - 1986: Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks poses during a 1986 West Hollywood, California studio photo session to promote his newest movie 'The Money Pit.' Hanks went on to become one of America's favorite actors, starring in such hits as 'Big,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' and 'Forest Gump.' (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
FILE--Tom Hanks, left, Kevin Bacon, center, and Bill Paxton appear in character in Universal Pictures "Apollo 13." The film was nominated for Best Picture in the 68th Annual Academy Awards announced in Los Angeles Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1996. (AP Photo/files/Universal Pictures)
Actor Tom Hanks shares a laugh with his wife Rita Wilson after arriving at the AIDS Project Los Angeles benefit gala, Thursday, June 5, 1997, at a private hangar at the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, Calif. The gala included an extensive showing of Gucci designer Tom Ford's new fall collection. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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Actor Tom Hanks shows his cement-covered hands after making an imprint in the cement in front of Mann?s Chinese Theater as his wife Rita Wilson watches in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Thursday, July 23, 1998. Hanks stars in the up coming ?Saving Private Ryan.? (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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American movie star Tom Hanks attends the 57th anniversary of D-Day on Utah Beach in Normandy, France, Wednesday June 6, 2001. The star of ``Saving Private Ryan'' was in Normandy to premiere the first two episodes of a 10-part mini-series, he co-produced with director Steven Spielberg. ``Band of Brothers'' is to air on HBO. U.S. and France flags are in the background. (AP Photo/Franck Prevel)
U.S. actors Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Tom Hanks joke during German TV show 'Wetten, dass...?!' ('Bet It...?!') in Boeblingen near Stuttgart, southern Germany, Saturday Jan. 25, 2003. (AP Photo/Ralph Orlowski, pool)
U.S. actor Tom Hanks waves during a photo call in Berlin on Monday, Sept. 6, 2004. Hanks is in Berlin to promote his new film "Terminal", directed by Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/ Jan Bauer)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 9: (US TABLOIDS OUT) Actor Tom Hanks appears on MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios November 9, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 11: Actor Tom Hanks (L) appears on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios on June 11, 2004 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Actors Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, attend 'The Da Vinci Code' World Premiere & Opening Gala at the Palais during the 59th International Cannes Film Festival May 17, 2006 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Actor Tom Hanks, center, and comedian and Pittsburgh native Dennis Miller, left, along with director Ron Howard attend the Pittsburgh Pirates, Colorado Rockies baseball game Tuesday, July 18, 2006 in Pittsburgh. The threesome were reacting to a Ron Howard doll being given away between innings of the game. The Rockies snapped an eight game losing streak with a 13-4 win.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
** FILE ** First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, a candidate for U.S. Senate in New York, is introduced by actor Tom Hanks, left, and director Steven Spielberg, behind Clinton, to be honored for her work on behalf of cancer patients March 28, 2000, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Clinton received the ``Women of Courage'' award from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Research for Women's Cancers at the black-tie gala event, which raises money to fight breast and gynecological cancers. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
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U.S. actor Tom Hanks, wearing a baseball cap of the Yomiuri Giants, throws the first pitch before the start of Japan's professional baseball game between the Giants and the Chunichi Dragons at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, May 8, 2009. Keen baseball fan Hanks is in Tokyo to promote his latest film "Angels & Demons" which will be shown around the world on May 15. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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Actor Tom Hanks, right, talks to one of his sons while watching an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Los Angeles, USA. 24th October 2012. Tom Hanks arriving at the film premiere of "Cloud Atlas" in Los Angeles on October 24th 2012
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Actor Tom Hanks rehearses for the 84th Academy Awards, Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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President Barack Obama congratulates 2014 Kennedy Center Honors Honorees, singer Al Green, from left, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks,and ballerina Patricia McBride, during a reception in their honor in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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He also added Hanks was the perfect person to play Sully because they both share a "quiet" demeanor.
Aaron Eckhart, who plays co-pilot Jeff Skiles, admitted he loved the screenplay, but was truly excited to work alongside some of his own heroes. "Clint's been one of my heroes since I was a kid and Tom is an American icon and wonderful actor," he said.
After the screening, guests including Regis and Joy Philbin enjoyed white wine and small bites while Eastwood, Hanks, and Eckhart snapped photos under a tree of tea lights at Tavern on the Green. Other celebrity attendees included Katie Couric and Allison Williams.
"Sully" opens in theaters worldwide Sept. 9.
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