Everybody in the film industry wants to work with Mr. Nice Guy aka Tom Hanks. After all, he has proved time and again exactly why he is worthy of being at the top of the pyramid. Forrest Gump, Cast Away, and the more recent, A Man Called Otto are just some of the many movies that have stuck with me thanks to Tom Hanks’ raw performance.
To the list of those who want to work with Tom Hanks, add the name of director Cameron Crowe. Cameron Crowe revealed that the lead role in Jerry Maguire, which was played by Tom Cruise, was originally written for Tom Hanks. However, owing to scheduling conflicts, the actor had to back out and Tom Cruise was roped in. The film did so well that Tom Cruise received an Oscar nomination for his work. Since he got the role only after Tom Hanks rejected it, the latter believes the former owes him at least a dollar.
Tom Cruise Owes Tom Hanks a Whole Dollar
In an interview with NBC Sports, Cameron Crowe stated that he had a meeting with Tom Hanks about Jerry Maguire. Although Hanks for courteous and grateful, he had to turn the offer down as he was busy with his directorial debut, That Thing You Do! Thus, the role went to Tom Cruise.
Talking about this with Access Hollywood, Hanks joked about how he believed he was eligible for a dollar straight from Cruise’s pocket for giving up the role and landing him an Oscar nomination.
“I talked to Cameron Crowe about a year in advance. And during that time, my good friend Jonathan Demme and I were talking about stuff that we wanted to do. And I had this idea for That Thing You Do! So by the time that train was running…I made that movie and was not available then to work with Cameron Crowe. I would like to think, however, that Tom Cruise owes me one dollar. And I am still waiting for the check.”
Cruise also told Access Hollywood that since he is a huge fan of Hanks, he would have loved to see what he would be like in the film.
Tom Cruise’s Christmas Tradition Involving Tom Hanks
Hanks and Cruise are on good enough terms that the latter goes out of his way to send a special cake to the former on Christmas. Every year, Hanks and his colleagues at Playtone World Headquarters wait for the white chocolate coconut bundt cake Cruise has delivered to their office. In fact, the cake is so good that Hanks has it listed as a part of his last meal on the planet.
Appearing on Mythical Kitchen, Hanks walked us through his ideal last meal which included an In-N-Out burger, a Diet Coke, a Greek salad with avocado and calamari, and much more. To end the meal with a bang, Hanks would love to have the bundt cake, one last time.
“This cake is so great you can really only have it once a year, which works out perfectly because I don’t order it. It arrives as a gift at Christmas…Not everybody gets this white chocolate coconut bundt cake. Now what’s interesting is the folks down at the office, the Playtone World Headquarters, starting around Thanksgiving they start eyeing what mail has come in today. Is the bog box coming in? Are we getting what has essentially been called the Tom Cruise cake?”
Hanks also added that everyone tries to eat the thinnest slices of the cake so as to enjoy the cake for a longer period of time. Hanks just made our mouths drool!
You can stream Jerry Maguire on Netflix.
Source: Access Hollywood