Hanks on jury duty

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks has been called for jury duty in Los Angeles.

The 57-year-old is sitting on a jury dealing with an intense domestic violence case. The defendant on trial has been accused of battering a woman, and his fate lies partially in Hanks’ hands.

The Academy Award-winning actor is paying very close attention to the witness testimony and taking detailed notes according to TMZ. Hanks made an effort to dress appropriately for court, wearing a long-sleeved black shirt, dark blue jeans and wire-rimmed glasses.

Hanks can afford to give his full attention to the court case – his upcoming film Captain Phillips is getting very good buzz.

Directed by Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips is the true-life account of the American shipping captain held hostage by Somali pirates in 2009.

And the feedback from early screenings has been extremely positive.

“A pulsating account of the kidnapping of the captain of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates. Something of a companion piece for director Paul Greengrass to his superb United 93, which was based on the real-life takeover of one of the 9/11 aircraft, this immaculately made reconstruction of a chaotic incident will have a much better time of it commercially than the earlier film due to the presence of star Tom Hanks and because it has a happy ending,” says the Hollywood Reporter.

Captain Phillips opens on September 27 at the New York Film Festival.

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