The cast of "Cloud Atlas" underwent extensive makeup and costume changes to play several characters in the film and Tom Hanks said that he did not recognize co-star Halle Berry as one of her character, instead mistaking her for a day player.
"There was this new white lady that was sitting there [in the trailer] getting [her makeup] done. And we had had a couple of day players come in, you know, and come in and go out and blah blah blah and then there's another one," Hanks told OTRC.com about the mix up during a recent interview with Halle Berry. "[I said] 'Hey, how are you?' And I sat down and then I hear Halle say, 'Well, hello Tom.' I said, 'Oh my god, that was Halle!'"
Berry and Hanks share several scenes in the film and in one part, Berry plays a white woman named Jocasta Ayrs.
"To get lost in characters like that where you're unrecognizable by people to me, that was like the greatest -- one of the greatest joys of making this movie," Berry said.
"Cloud Atlas" is based on a 2004 book by David Mitchell. It has six interconnected stories, including that of a journalist, played by Berry, who investigates alleged corruption at a nuclear power plant in 1975 and a tribesman living a primitive life in a post-apocalyptic future.
Other stars in the film include Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving and Hugh Grant. "Cloud Atlas" was directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and his sister Lana Wachowski.
Berry said the directors "wanted to make us feel happy, wanted to make us feel comfortable, wanted to make us feel a part of the process, valued what we had to say whether they cared or not they made us feel like we cared and they entertained our ideas and we felt very much a part of the process. "
"I mean, they carried this baby for years before us. They had very specific ideas about everything, but they had the unique ability to let all of that go once we started shoot," Berry added. "They gave us room to be, and to be artists in our own rights and create our characters in a way that we felt we could connect to with their guidance, of course because they knew it so much better than we did at the point."
"Without a doubt every day on this was a blast," Hanks said. "Tom and Andy and Lana explained to us what the deal was and then they would send us the screenplay and a cheat sheet."
"It was kind of the screenplay version of doing your taxes. You'd get up to a character and then you go over the cheat sheet and say, 'Okay, that is not me,' all right, now keep going," Hanks added. "But eventually it all just kicked into gear and realized that hopefully we're going to be involved something that was so stellar and so amazing and so unique and never before even attempted. To say it's exciting is an understatement."
Hanks also had some advice for viewers who are ready to watch the complex film in theaters.
"Let it wash over you. Forget everything you've heard. It's just one movie about six people doing the right thing. Just let it wash over you. It's not a test. Just let it wash over you," Hanks said. "It's like a bracing plunge into the most beautiful island pool with a waterfall behind it. You'll want to do it again and again and again and just swim and enjoy the feeling. "
"Cloud Atlas" hits theaters on October 26. Check out the trailer below.