Twenty-two years after “Cast Away” took the world by storm, Wilson the Volleyball became the cultural icon he is today. Anytime I see any volleyball, the feeling comes over me to yell out, “Wilson.”
The movie was a survival thriller in which Wilson the Volleyball plays a huge role in the film. I was disappointed by the Motion Picture Academy for not recognizing the acting talents and snubbing them for Best Supporting Role at every award show.
Over the years, give Wilson credit for staying out of the tabloids. Not one scandal was reported by TMZ. We could find no drug addiction charges or jail convictions online in searches. You can find replica versions of Wilson the Volleyball at Amazon, Dick’s sporting goods stores, and Walmart for the low price of $19.95. The Real Wilson ball sold at auction – an off-white leather Wilson-brand volleyball used in the 2000 survival drama movie sold for $85,239 – in London over the weekend. The same markings on the ball— a bloody handprint with eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Wilson the Volleyball still holds a place in movie history even two decades after the release of “Cast Away.” He even has his own IMDB page. Hats off to the movie’s real star and hopes we all give Wilson the credit and give the ball an Oscar. Heck, Jimmy Kimmel is hosting in March make it happen.