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Old 07 June 2008, 03:50 AM
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Default Was Wilson the volleyball found?

I was watching Castaway this evening, and was thinking that I read a few years back that the prop volleyball, Wilson, that was washed out to sea in the film, was later found by a beach comber and returned to Tom Hanks.

I've Googled and checked various sites, and can't find any mention of this story, either as a true story or an urban legend. I'm sure I read this in print and did not just hear it mentioned. I'm also pretty sure that what I read wasn't a joke story, but an actual article.
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Old 07 June 2008, 04:34 AM
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how did it get washed out to sea?

Wouldn't the storm scene be shot in a glorified swimming pool, no where near any real body of water?
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Old 07 June 2008, 05:17 AM
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No, according to this interview with the cinematographer ( Link ), all the raft scenes were shot at sea.
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Old 11 June 2008, 01:51 PM
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No, according to this interview with the cinematographer ( Link ), all the raft scenes were shot at sea.
That's CRAZY! I would be scared to death. Anyway... I would think they'd have people nearby to snatch Wilson out of the water for retakes. But that's just me. For all I know, that scene was done in one take and Wilson was never heard from again.
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Old 11 June 2008, 02:18 PM
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Stupid scene makes me cry every time:

"Wilson come back! I'm sorry, please come back..."

Gah!
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Old 11 June 2008, 02:57 PM
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Stupid scene makes me cry every time:

"Wilson come back! I'm sorry, please come back..."

Gah!
Me, too! I cry like a baby at that scene. And Wilson's just out of arm's reach! Augh!
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Old 11 June 2008, 07:27 PM
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Me, too! I cry like a baby at that scene. And Wilson's just out of arm's reach! Augh!
That was one of the most emotional scenes in the film. Quite gut-wrenching. Unfortunately, I had the displeasure of seeing the film in a crowded theater the first time. I think half the theater was idiotic teenagers, and quite a few people actually started laughing and making stupid comments at this point in the picture.

Sometimes an audience can ruin a theater experience.

Gadon,
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Old 11 June 2008, 07:37 PM
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Sometimes an audience can ruin a theater experience.
Oh yes. Which is why I try to see only artsy movies or documentaries in the theatre, and save more popular movies for home viewing. Because if someone is loud I will obsess about it! Or yell at them. It's not good.
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Old 11 June 2008, 07:39 PM
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Nitpick, the moive is Cast Away, not Castaway.

According to IMDB
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One of the three volleyballs used in the film was sold in an auction for $18,400.
No comment as to what happened to the other two. I also find it interesting that dialogue was actually written for Wilson.
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Old 11 June 2008, 07:44 PM
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That was one of the most emotional scenes in the film. Quite gut-wrenching. Unfortunately, I had the displeasure of seeing the film in a crowded theater the first time. I think half the theater was idiotic teenagers, and quite a few people actually started laughing and making stupid comments at this point in the picture.

Sometimes an audience can ruin a theater experience.
I sat a few seats down from a woman who narrated the entire movie.

"He found water."
"He's making a fire."
"He's opening the packages."

and at the end, after the welcome-back party, when the camera panned across the buffet of fruit and seafood:

". . . all the things he ate on the island."

At first I thought she was explaining the film to a blind companion, but none of the people she came with paid any attention to her.
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Old 21 June 2008, 09:43 AM
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From Wikipedia:

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After the film, Wilson's final resting place is in a display cabinet in FedEx Kinko's CEO Ken May's office in Dallas, Texas.
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Old 02 August 2008, 10:42 PM
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how did it get washed out to sea?

Wouldn't the storm scene be shot in a glorified swimming pool, no where near any real body of water?
Wilson wasn't lost during the storm scene. It was during the calm after the storm that Chuck falls asleep and Wilson drifts away.

They certainly had several boats in the area with support staff during filming. There's no way they'd let a movie prop just get away like that.

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Old 03 August 2008, 04:24 PM
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I believe that there are many versions of key props in moves. As posted before, there were at least three "wilsons". A prop that is important, anything from a gun to a vehicle, will generally have several duplicates. Even clothing is usually duplicated. I'm sure there are several copies of the hat, wip, coat etc. for Harrison Ford in the Raiders movies.
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