Tom Hanks talks filming 'Sully' with Clint Eastwood: 'You don't want to piss him off'

"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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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)
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THE GREEN MILE 1999 Castle Rock film with Tom Hanks
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)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress-Producer Rita Wilson and Actor-Producer Tom Hanks arrive at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Tom Hanks arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Inaugural Governors Awards held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LARRY CROWNE 2011 Universal Pictures film with Tom Hanks and Gugu Mbatha-Raw
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Actors Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts pose at the 25th Annual American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards on February 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
US director and actor Tom Hanks poses during a photocall ahead of the premiere of his latest movie 'Larry Crowne' in Berlin on June 9, 2011. The comedy romace, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, will be released in German cinemas on June 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Los Angeles, USA. 24th October 2012. Tom Hanks arriving at the film premiere of "Cloud Atlas" in Los Angeles on October 24th 2012
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Tom Hanks performs a spoken word skit during a taping of 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on October 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Tom Hanks poses in the press room at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Tom Hanks and Jimmy Fallon play Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' during a taping of 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on October 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actor Tom Hanks presents Honoree Steve Martin with honorary award onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 25: Actor Tom Hanks speaks onstage at the 66th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on January 25, 2014 in Century City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actors Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Carly Rae Jepsen and Tom Hanks are seen on February 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
US actor Tom Hanks poses during the photocall of the film ''Inferno'' in Florence on May 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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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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