Actor Tom Hanks is arguably one of the best actors Hollywood has produced to date. The star’s career spans decades and has given many, many classic films that are loved the world over. His talent for acting is out of this world and represents the best Hollywood has to offer. Tom Hanks recently sat down with the New York Times and gave an extensive interview about various things. We take a look at a few interesting portions of the conversation.
Tom Hanks Gives An Extensive Interview To The New York Times
When Tom Hanks was questioned about his abrupt departure from Tweeting, he said:
I stopped posting because, number one, I thought it was an empty exercise. I have enough attention on me. But also I’d post something goofy like, “Here’s a pair of shoes I saw in the middle of the street,” and the third comment would be, “[Expletive] you, Hanks.” I don’t know if I want to give that guy the forum. If the third comment is “[Expletive] you, you Obama-loving communist,” it’s like, I don’t need to do that.
Hanks has been the lead actor in several groundbreaking films. These films challenged society’s taboos and stereotypes and pushed for reform and introspection. Tom Hanks mentioned his Philidelphia and said:
There’s nothing you can do about that, but let’s address “could a straight man do what I did in ‘Philadelphia’ now?” No, and rightly so. The whole point of “Philadelphia” was don’t be afraid. One of the reasons people weren’t afraid of that movie is that I was playing a gay man. We’re beyond that now, and I don’t think people would accept the inauthenticity of a straight guy playing a gay guy. It’s not a crime, it’s not boohoo, that someone would say we are going to demand more of a movie in the modern realm of authenticity. Do I sound like I’m preaching? I don’t mean to.
Forest Gump was one of the best films of Tom Hanks. He talks in-depth about his feelings towards the film and what he thinks about it in hindsight:
The problem with “Forrest Gump” is it made a billion dollars. If we’d just made a successful movie, Bob and I would have been geniuses. But because we made a wildly successful movie, we were diabolical geniuses. Is it a bad problem to have? No, but there’s books of the greatest movies of all time, and “Forrest Gump” doesn’t appear because, oh, it’s this sappy nostalgia fest. Every year there’s an article that goes, “The Movie That Should Have Won Best Picture” and it’s always “Pulp Fiction.” “Pulp Fiction” is a masterpiece without a doubt. Look, I don’t know, but there is a moment of undeniable heartbreaking humanity in “Forrest Gump” when Gary Sinise — he’s playing Lieutenant Dan — and his Asian wife walk up to our house on the day that Forrest and Jenny get married.
Finally, Tom Hanks was asked to share the first anecdote that came to his mind from his career. This prompted Hanks to launch into a fascinating story:
OK, we were shooting the park-bench scenes of “Forrest Gump.” It’s summertime in Savannah, Ga. We had shot 27 straight days. It was brutal. We were sitting there, and I got this haircut, we’re trying to make sense of this dialogue, and I had to say, “Bob, man, I don’t think anybody’s going to care.” And Bob said: “It’s a minefield, Tom. You never know what’s good. Are you going to make it through safe? Or are you gonna step on a Bouncing Betty that’s going to blow your balls off?” There’s never any guarantee. I’ll be 66 in July, and I’ve been acting for a paycheck since I was 20. Forty-six years and I now know what was evident when I was 20 years old is what Spencer Tracy said: “Learn the lines. Hit the marks. Tell the truth.” That’s all you can do.
What do you think of Tom Hanks’s remarks? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.
Related: Tom Hanks’ Top 5 Roles
Source: New York Times