The interior shots were actually made on board an MD11. The exterior shots were made at FedEx's facilities in LAX
, MOW and MEM
, and in Monu-riki and other locations of the Mamanuca-i-ra group of Fiji. FedEx had nothing to do with the producers, much less put money into it (it's against the corporate policies). DreamWorks thought FX
was the only character that could set up the high-demanding standards necessary to add drama to the movie, in which Hanks' character could develop under ideal circumstances: his 'absolutely, positively, whatever it takes' attitude is indeed a FedEx trademark... FedEx's involvement was to put a Marketing team to follow up closely, and that's it.
was hesitant to participate in the movie,as there is more than one negative image shown: the obvious crash (at the end of the movie, Helen Hunt tells Hanks the crash was thought to have been provoked by a 'mislabeled hazardous material problem' (or words to that effect), not a storm); a dirty courier van in Moscow, a smoking courier using an old uniform and showing a four-day beard, a child running with the package for the last leg of the delivery (all the foregoing a problem being fixed by Hanks)...
However, all of the above was measured against the chances of displaying FX
's corporate image all over, and the obvious impact of being the first company to become a character in a movie, in its own right. What's more, I believe that all that display of attention Hanks gets from FedEx upon his return is very real, and very likely to happen if a similar circumstance should take place. It's part of FedEx's 'people first' philosophy.
This thread is living proof that the impact was great, as the issue is being discussed here four years after the movie release. It means it remains in the people's minds.
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