“Big” is just about my favorite movie of all time. Definitely my favorite comedy, and on near-permanent rotation during my childhood. Tom Hanks was on the BBC’s “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross,” this past Friday, promoting “Angels & Demons.” Ross asked him some of the things people yell at him when they see him. Not surprisingly, he said he gets a lot of “Wilson!” some “Run Forest, Run” and “Houston, we have a problem.” And he admits that he gets asked to do the “Shimmy Shimmy Coco Pop” rap from “Big.” All of which he still remembers, 21 years later.
Tom also admitted the rap is random and nonsensical and has no meaning. It was something his son (presumably Colin, since he was Hanks’ only son born at the time) came home with from camp. They were looking for something to throw into the movie, and Hanks already knew the song so they went with it. I always wondered where in the world that came from. Now if only he would explain to me how he supposedly went from 13 to 30 overnight, but his underwear still fit the next morning, the great lingering questions of my childhood would all be answered.