Tom Hanks nearly died during the making of his hit 2000 film Cast Away.
“[Cast Away] put me in the hospital. I was there for three days with something that, believe it or not, almost killed me. I got an infection form a cut and it was eating its way through my leg. I didn’t know it, I just thought I had a sore,” Tom said during an interview with the BBC’s Radio 1 this week.
“I went to the doctor who took one look and said, ‘I have to put you in the hospital because we have to get this infection out of you before it poisons your blood and you die’. We had to shut down for three weeks while my skin reformed,” he added.
In Cast Away, Tom played a FedEx delivery man who got stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashed flying over the South Pacific. Tom’s highly anticipated thriller Angels & Demons soared to No. 1 at the box office this weekend, taking in an estimated $48 million in ticket sales.