Tom Hanks is returning to the big screen in the drama-thriller Captain Phillips, sailing into theaters Oct. 11.

The two-time Oscar winner spoke to E! News at the New York Film Festival last night about the difficult conditions he faced filming at sea.

"This was a very environmental movie," the 57-year-old actor said at the Captian Phillips premiere. "The ship we were shooting on was loaded with all the inconveniences of being on a ship at sea. The engine room stank and there were a lot of rusty things that you could bonk your head on."

The scenes on the lifeboats were not much easier.

"Once we were shooting in the lifeboat, it really was the dimensions and size, smell and color of the lifeboats," he said.

But Hanks made the best of these challenging surroundings.

"You're able to take that and turn it to your advantage because you can only move in the most realistic ways," he explained. "There were even moments in the script that were written down, like you know, Rich Phillips looks out the porthole of the lifeboat and ponders his fate. Well there was no porthole to look through so I had to find other ways to ponder my fate without doing that."

Captain Phillips tells the real-life story of Capt. Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage when Somali pirates hijacked his ship, the MV Maersk Alabama, and later rescued by Navy SEAL snipers.

For more from Hanks' interview tune into E! News Monday night at 7 p.m and 11:30 p.m. to see more of the interview!

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