“He Could Have Saved Wilson!”- Caeleb Dressel Trolls Tom Hanks For Not Swimming Faster In ‘Castaway’

Published 10/28/2021, 9:15 AM EDT


The famous Olympic swimmer Caeleb Dressel had a few interesting insights to offer about Tom Hanks, after watching scenes of a movie called “Castaway”.

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Caeleb Dressel has been swimming since he was only 5 years old. At that age, his parents motivated him to go to regular swimming classes. Initially, he did not quite find the sport very captivating and hence did not agree with his parents, a decision that changed later on. He took up swimming seriously and recently won 5 Olympic golds at the Summer Games in Tokyo!

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TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 01: Gold medalist Caeleb Dressel of Team United States poses with the gold medal for the Men’s 50m Freestyle Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

What did Caeleb say about Tom Hanks?

While watching the scenes from Castaway, Caeleb Dressel had a few things to say regarding Tom Hanks.

He said, “I feel like the boat would have moved. Right? That raft, there’s no way. It was made out of sticks. It would have moved. Dang, it, like this is mean. I’m going to feel bad after this scene. You’re just stranded for so long. But I feel like even if he was stranded he should have been able to pull the raft made out of sticks. Things are much much lighter in the water.

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I think the ball was like only 15 feet away. That’s going to take like maybe three seconds to go to,” Dressel joked. “And then you can just chuck Wilson back to the life draft. And everything will be good. Cause the water is not even that choppy for the middle of the ocean. Like the raft isn’t going to go that far. I feel like he could have saved Wilson, to be honest.” 

Caeleb Dressel believes Wilson could easily have been saved

Having the right amount of experience and also watching a movie wherein swimming was key, Caeleb commented on Tom Hanks’ character. Offering a critical perspective was certainly done well but he jokingly mocked Hanks for not being able to save Wilson. At this point in the movie, he felt that the actor was close by and could have reached out to help Wilson, but did not. There should have been more speed in his movement, according to Caeleb but that was not the case.

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TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 01: Caeleb Dressel of Team United States reacts after winning the gold medal and breaking the world record in the Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus. Representing India at the International Children's Games in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far.

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