“You guys are the wrong gender to understand”: Tom Hanks Went Off the Rails in One Meg Ryan Movie That Made Him Extremely ‘Cranky’

Tom Hanks clarified that his cranky attitude is related to Sleepless in Seattle movie director.

Tom Hanks Went Off the Rails in One Meg Ryan Movie That Made Him Extremely ‘Cranky’

SUMMARY

  • Tom Hanks worked opposite Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle.
  • While admitting his cranky attitude, he revealed it was due to having different opinions with the movie director regarding his character. 
  • He mentioned that the director acknowledged his points, giving further depth to his character's story.
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Tom Hanks has impressed the audience with his spectacular acting performances that greatly flaunted his versatility. However, the Catch Me If You Can actor also faced a moment or better say, a project in his prominence era that made him extremely cranky. The movie in question is his 1993 rom-com flick, Sleepless in Seattle which he did alongside Meg Ryan.

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Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Ross Malinger in Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Ross Malinger in Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

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The film went on to become one of the most successful romantic comedies in box office history. However, this success is a result of several small moments including his grumpy attitude when he started filming the project. 

Tom Hanks Revealed He Was Cranky Due to His Stardom As Filming for Sleepless in Seattle Began

Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle
Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle

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Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle
Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle

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In the interview, he talked about finding the director, “intimidating” realizing that she was unable to comprehend the bond he wanted for his character, Sam Baldwin, and his son. He shared, 

“We got together, and we were going to make this movie about a guy and a kid and a la di da di da—Sleepless in Seattle. And she was very intimidating, right off the bat. When we were working on the rehearsals for it, I realized that one of the things that was driving me nuts about the project is that Nora and Delia Ephron, who helped on the screenplay, are—-sisters, but they are also mothers. It was a movie about a father. And I said, ‘You guys are the wrong gender to understand what’s going on in this scene between me and my son.’”

However, he clarified that the director was open to suggestions and acknowledged the differences he felt with his character, “And she loved it. 

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He continued, 

“And the argument I had was, ‘You have written a scene in which a father is undone by the fact that his son is upset about him going out with a woman.’ Oh, no. I said, ‘There is not a father on the planet Earth who is gonna give a rat’s a-s what his son thinks about him going out with a woman. Because you know what that father wants to do? He wants to get laid. And that’s what’s missing from your little gender-ish scene that you wrote.’ And she said, ‘Well, then, why don’t you say that?’ That was a very empowering moment. She would often say this: ‘Well, when you’re right, you’re right.’”

Eventually, his inputs were not only considered but implemented in the movie and their creativity as a whole made the character further charming. The movie ended up grossing over $227 million worldwide, which is now available to watch on AMC. 

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