The actress jumped at the chance to reteam with Clint for Sully but admits this was more about paying homage to a real hero than working with a movie icon.

"It's not overly billed when they say it was the Miracle on the Hudson," she tells WENN. "It really still is an astounding idea to comprehend.

"I believe if it would've been anyone else, other than Sully, it would not have been the same outcome. It had to be that man, a man who studied aviation his entire life, who flew the number of miles he had flown, who knew the aircraft as well as he did, and the science of all of it."

Sully became a hero when he successfully guided US Airways Flight 1549 to a safe emergency water landing on the Hudson River in 2009 after both its engines had been disabled by a flock of Canada geese.

The Miracle on the Hudson particularly hit home for New Yorker Linney, because her dad's home overlooks the river.

"The apartment that my father and stepmother lived in looks right over the Hudson River so I had a very visceral response when I heard that this had happened," the actress explains. "What blew everyone's minds was someone would attempt that type of landing, but more than anything that everyone survived."

Tom Hanks, who portrays Sullenberger in the film, echoed his movie wife's sentiments when he told WENN Sully is a hero for what didn't happen.

He told WENN, "We had gone through the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and the last thing the world needed to see, and the last thing New York City wanted to experience was a bunch of dead people against the skyline of New York City. They did not need to see more wreckage, more flames on the water; they did not want to experience a moment where guess what, everything fell apart one more time. But the opposite happened!"