This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hanks in a scene from the film, "Sully." The movie opens in U.S. theaters Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
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September 9, 2016 10:26 AM EDT

In his latest film, Tom Hanks portrays Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in a movie about the pilot who landed his damaged passenger jet on the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew onboard.

But now, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the roles have been reversed – with Sullenberger taking on the part of the acclaimed American movie star in an “$80 million” biopic project called Hanks.

“You did such a good job playing Sully in this film,” Kimmel told Hanks on the show. “But we felt it was time that somebody pay tribute to your life and your career.”

The short film follows Hanks – played by Sullenberger – through his career from a failed actor to his pivotal roles in Forrest Gump, Castaway and Philadelphia, with a special cameo from Peter Scolari referencing Hanks’ short-lived sitcom Bosom Buddies.

“Chesley Sullenberger I used to have such respect for you,” Hanks joked, when the film ended. “Now we’ve both had chequered careers.”

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