Top 10 facts about Tom Hanks that will surprise you

1. Tom Hanks has famous ancestors and has played some of them

Tom Hanks, born July 9, 1956, is a distant relative of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Walt Disney, George Clooney, television host Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) and Bill Cosby's wife Camille. So far in movies, he has played three: Rogers in the tragicomedy A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019), Disney in Saving Mr. Banks (2013), and Lincoln in the documentary series Freedom: A History of the United States (2003).

2. Tom Hanks' directorial debut featured members of his family

Hanks included his second wife, Rita Wilson, and children from his first marriage, Colin and Elizabeth, in the cast of his directorial debut, What You Do. This is the only film in which they all played together.

3. Hanks' first role became iconic for Dungeons & Dragons fans

Tom Hanks' very first role was in the 1982 TV movie Sinister Game. A dubious agitation film, as if specifically designed to scare U.S. parents with board games (!) like Dungeons and Dragons. Hanks played teenager Robbie, who becomes so immersed in the role-playing fantasy "Monster Maze" that he can no longer tell the difference between fiction and reality. You will not find a single mention of this film from the actor's mouth, but among D&D fans, this role of Hanks is still considered a cult role.

4. Tom Hanks read hip-hop, and he's still ashamed to this day

Yo! Here's em C. Hanks with you! Especially for the soundtrack of the buddy cop comedy Networks of Evil (1987), its stars Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd recorded the hip-hop track City of Crime. The young Hanks, with incredible enthusiasm (Aykroyd seems like he's just reading from a piece of paper), delivers a funny recitative a la the Beastie Boys. Dancing with Satanists and policewomen in miniskirts are included. Hanks is constantly reminded of this creative experiment - and he's still embarrassed.

5. Most challenging film 

With the variety of large-scale paintings with Hanks, the most difficult thing he gave the shooting in the movie "Turner and Hooch" (1989).  "I had to react to the behavior of a dog who was not forced to perform specific commands. He was just doing what he was doing, and I had to react quickly. It turned out to be wildly difficult. But a bad experience is more rewarding," the actor later admitted. Despite negative reviews from critics, the film about a French mastiff and a policeman grossed $71 million worldwide on a budget of $13 million. Not bad for a bad experience.

6. Gained and lost weight for a role even before Christian Bale

During his film career in Hollywood, Hanks has gained and lost weight more than once for roles. The first experience was in 1992, when the actor played baseball team coach in the movie "Their Own League. Then he gained 13 kilograms. According to the actor, the ice cream stand near his home helped him in this. And for his role in the movie "Outcast" (2000), he lost 22 pounds.

7. The best deal of Tom Hanks' career

My mother always said:  "Life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what toppings you'll get."  By signing a contract for the role of Forrest Gump, which included a percentage of receipts, Hanks ended up earning $ 70 (!) million for one film. The actor obviously did not expect that the picture Robert Zemeckis will collect almost $ 700 million. How much did he get, starring in a clip of Carly Rae Jepsen?

8. Worst role in his filmography

Hanks is adamant about which is his best work and which is his worst.

"I'll never have a role as good and as bright as I did in Forrest Gump. And I know I'll never play another worse movie than 'Bonfire of the Vanities.

Brian De Palma's much-neglected 1990 satire on capitalism, the American dream and racial intolerance now looks like a timely but very unapologetically incorrect movie. Hanks plays a successful broker driving through a dangerous New York City neighborhood at night with his mistress (Melanie Griffith). There, his companion, after getting behind the wheel, hits a black teenager to death.

9. Two Oscars in a row.

Tom Hanks won Oscars for his roles in the dramas Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994). He is the second actor in the history of cinema (after Spencer Tracy), who received a golden statuette two years in a row. Incidentally, both Hanks and Tracy were 38 and 39 years old in the days when they both received awards.

10. Asteroid named after Tom Hanks

"I hope an asteroid named after me doesn't fall on my head," Hanks joked in an interview.

Indeed, asteroid 12818 Tomhanks is orbiting the Sun in space. This is how NASA decided to thank the actor for his role in the Apollo 13 drama.


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