"You think, 'They're bad guys and they have machine guns and they're thugs...' (but) all the riches of global commerce (are) literally floating by a country that has completely fallen apart, where corruption and violence rule the day, in which famine is truly a part of life. Some of these pirates have no fear, because what's their option? To quietly live in this country that (has) fallen deeply into chaos?" Tom Hanks admits he can understand the desperation of Somalian pirates, like the ones his seaman character experiences in new movie Captain Phillips.