Tom Hanks hates mustaches, cries every time he watches ‘Forrest Gump’

Here are some nice photos of Tom Hanks from last night’s LA premiere of Captain Phillips, a film that I want to see more and more every time I watch a TV ad for it. It looks really good, right? And what I like is that it doesn’t seem like “A Tom Hanks film where Tom Hanks is Tom Hanks and it’s all about Tom Hanks.” It seems like Tom is the star but the ensemble around him is very strong and everyone is being supported by a very compelling story. Anyway, I’ll totally see it in the theater.

To promote Captain Phillips, Tom did a Reddit AMA, which is like the new thing, I guess. All of these major stars are doing Reddit now. Tom was less Ethan Hawke and more like Madonna, which is to say he was direct and pithy. Madonna’s AMA was hilarious because she had no problems telling anonymous people to shove hydrangeas up their asses, but Hanks is a nice guy so basically his AMA was slightly boring and not all that revealing. You can read the whole thing here and here are some highlights:

Q: Whats your favorite movie you didn’t act in?
Hanks: Recently, Looper. And Das Boot the directors cut.

How many tries did it take to play heart and soul/chopsticks on that huge piano?
That took all afternoon…,

What classic movie would you have loved to have worked on?
2001: A space odyssey

What’s your favorite genre of music?
Give me three guitars, a piano, and a good drummer and I’m done.

Mustache tips. Go.
Shave it off.

Please tell me your favorite piece of trivia from a movie shoot, preferably something we probably didn’t know.
“I had a terrible case of the flu shooting the football scenes in ‘Gump.'”

How is Hooch doing?
Hanks: “All the dogs who played hooch — all four of them — went to dog heaven.”

Do you have the real Wilson from ‘Cast Away’ or was it lost?
Hanks: “I have the old, ratty wilson and sign new ones for charities.”

[In ‘Forrest Gump’], do you ever get emotional about yours or others’ performances, or the script? And I’m not talking about fake crying or anything.
Hanks: “When LT. Dan introduced Forrest to his wife, with his titanium legs, I burst into tears …”

[From Reddit]

Tom also confirmed that he’s going to do another WWII miniseries for HBO and that they had come to him, asking him for yet another Band of Brothers-type miniseries. I wish he had gotten more questions about Band of Brothers. I wish he had gotten more questions about some his romantic comedies too, but my guess is that there were mostly dudes asking the questions. But whatever – Tom Hanks reaffirms something we already knew: Tom Hanks is a lovely guy who is lovely to fans.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Raised Brow says:

    He looks great in that last pic. Perfect styling here…love the colour and fit of his jeans.

  2. HiHa says:

    Love him!!!!

  3. bettyrose says:

    Makes me cry too. He won an Oscar for that ridiculous film. *ducks and covers*

    • wiffie says:

      Me too, tom. Me too.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      I cried when, at the end, Forrest asked Jenny “Is-is he smart, or is he–?” Makes me cry EVERY TIME.

      And on a sidenote, my mom thought Tom Hanks was a shitty actor for YEARS. She had seen him on some stupid tv show, and after that she wouldn’t watch anything with him in it. But one year she was staying with my uncle, and he had Forrest Gump on vhs–she watched it, and then stole it from him.

      • Lisa says:

        Was the show Bosom Buddies? I loved that show. I used to watch it before school and get Billy Joel stuck in my head all day, because they used My Life for the theme.

    • lisa says:

      cosigned forever, bettyrose, amen

  4. Dorothy#1 says:

    Looks amazing!!! I love Tom Hanks. The only movie of his I don’t like is Terminal. It was sooo boring.

  5. janie says:

    I love him! He’s always been one of my favorite actors… He’s such a nice guy! He just goes about business and doesn’t have the need to be a star, which he Is..

  6. blue marie says:

    I have loved Tom Hanks since Bosom Buddies (or the re-runs anyway) I think he’s a great actor and while I’m not a fan of war movies or mini-series Band of Brothers is one of the best mini-series I’ve ever seen.

  7. Christin says:

    Nice interview. Seems like a nice guy and he is looking good.

  8. CaribbeanLaura says:

    I always cry at the part where, he’s asking if his son is impaired like he is. Gah kills me everytime. But I’m not sure about this movie tho….

    • CL says:

      That and the part where he says “We buried you under our tree, Jenny” set me off searching for a big box of tissues every damn time.

    • bns says:

      Me too omg

    • Acemom2 says:

      The part when he asks ‘is he smart, or…’ makes me a little misty-eyed but what really gets me is when he’s at Jenny’s grave at the end. I start to lose it between ‘we buried you under our tree’ & ‘I had that house bulldozed to the ground’ and I’m bawling like a baby by the time he puts the letter addressed to Mommy from young Forrest on her grave and says ‘he told me I couldn’t read it, so I’ll leave just it right here for you’. Literally hiccup crying by that point….every time!! Lol, that being said I love Tom Hanks and Forrest Gump is still my favourite movie 🙂

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  10. Mauibound says:

    I thought his ama was great!

  11. RHONYC says:

    been in love the TH since ‘Busom Buddies’. such a lovely man.
    that is all. 🙂

  12. bettyrose says:

    Why did he need to mention his wife soooo many times in his acceptance speech for the Philedelphia Oscar? It always felt a tad homophobic to me but that was a zillion years ago.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      Unless he made two different speeches, he only mentioned her once–he thanked her at the end of his speech for “showing him what love is everyday”-or something along those lines. And how would mentioning his wife a lot be homophobic? If he wanted to be homophobic he wouldn’t have accepted the role and shit talked it in public.

      • bettyrose says:

        It’s been 20 years but I recall being shocked at the time that his speech really emphasized his heterosexualuality. I felt that he was somewhat ashamed of playing a gay man. That tainted my opinion of him for years, but now I realize he was probably scared of being typecast into a role that Hollywood had few parts for.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        How is thanking his wife for loving him at the end of his speech “empathizing his heterosexuality”? From what I remember, the controversy was that he outed his high school coach–he thanked him for something and mentioned he was gay–nobody knew he was gay until then.

      • bettyrose says:

        Okay I’ll youtube it after work to see if my memory is correct, but it came across to me as insecure and desperate to remind the public that he’s NOT gay. As for outing his coach, wasn’t that the plot of In and Out with Kevin Kline?

      • Bridget says:

        @bettyrose: that’s where they got the idea for In & Out

  13. Dawn says:

    He is an American treasure in my mind. He is my generation’s Jimmy Stewart. Did I mention that I love him?!

  14. Danskins says:

    I’ve loved him since “Bachelor Party”, which is the 1st R-rated movie that my parents let me watch as a kid…it’s still funny as heck! 🙂

  15. doofus says:

    There are a lot of movies that he’s made that would have SUCKED had it been another actor in the role.

    the first that comes to mind is “Bachelor Party”…yeah, it’s a dumb (yet funny) movie, but he makes it worth watching. But most of his early flicks are like that…Man with One Red Shoe, Volunteers, The Money Pit (funnier every time I watch it), Dragnet…even Turner and Hooch wouldn’t have been as good with someone else in that role.

    The man has the BEST delivery…

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      Besides every freaking role that Daniel Day Lewis does, one of “those” movies for me is Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I saw it for the first time about a year ago–the whole thing–that movie would’ve sucked if it hadn’t been for the two leads. I mean just from the script alone, it seemed to me just your average, run of the mill action/comedy flick–nothing would really distinguish it from the rest of the pack. But they did it. At least for me they did.

    • Tig says:

      +10000 on Money Pit- it’s so funny, but as far as home renovations go, so painfully spot on!

      Very early Tom Hanks- “Everytime we say goodbye”, or something along those lines- set in WW 2 era what was then Palestine- it is the sweetest love story.

      • Aqua says:

        My husband and I just bought our first home,a real “fixer upper”,”we could do this ourselves “we thought. when we saw The Monet Pit on t.v.We couldn’t stop laughing.We were in the exact situation. Come to think of it 20 years later not much as changed.We are still in the Money Pit.

      • Danskins says:

        “The Money Pit” is an absolute classic! We just renovated a townhouse and that film is definitely spot on and relevant to house renovation woes!

        Fave quote: “So when will everything be ready?”

        “Two weeks!”


  16. jess says:

    Now tom hanks is a movie star. One of the greatest!.

  17. neelyo says:

    I would love to see him play John Boehner, I bet he’d be hilarious.

  18. iheartjacksparrow says:

    If he doesn’t like mustaches, he must have hated filming Saving Mr. Banks.

  19. murphy says:

    I love Tom Hanks and his son.
    He was looking goooood at that jury duty stint, no wonder that chick lawyer gushed to him!

    I would have asked him questions about Apollo 13

  20. phlyfiremama says:

    I still cry when I watch Forrest Gump as well~it is a movie that easily stands the test of time. It is even funnier, though, if you read the BOOK “Forrest Gump” written by Winston Groom. It is one of the funniest books I have ever read.

  21. Lisa says:

    Guys… guys. THE GREEN MILE, OKAY? <3

  22. holly hobby says:

    I love Tom Hanks. I’ve been following his career since Bosom Buddies (to this kid, it was very funny). What, no mention of League of Our Own? There’s no crying in baseball?

    I cried at the end of Big and Forrest Gump. I’m such a sap.

  23. Claudia says:

    I love Tom Hanks. He’s a decent man and gives great (live) interviews. I stumbled onto this Graham Norton one from a couple years ago: He’s really funny 🙂

  24. PrairieGirl says:

    Another WWII series? Squeeeee! North Africa? Russia? The London blitz? I can’t wait, Mr. Hanks…!

  25. Rux says:

    The first time I ever saw Forrest Gump was a month ago when I was four months preggo and having the worst morning sickness. My poor, sweet husband sacrificed his entire weekend to tend to me and he had me watch Forrest Gump. I cried/laughed so hard I think I DID pee on myself. This is my first child/pregnancy etc. and my hormones/emotions are all over the place. I will watch this movie again but not while in this state and I suggest no preggo woman should watch this unless they want to pee on themselves.

  26. Kath says:

    Who is the dude on the far right of the group pic? He looks familiar, unless he’s the long lost brother of the guy from Lost and Oz?