Tom Hanks, or “Hanx” as he’s calling himself on Twitter, is arguably one of the coolest actors in Hollywood. The 56-year-old actor is known to play nice guys in the movies, and, let’s face it – practically every person you mention “Tom Hanks” to smiles and says, “What a great guy!”
In addition to pulling hilarious stunts like petting a fan in a North Dakota restaurant pretend to steal his glasses for a photo up and dancing with a weather girl on Spanish TV in 2011, Tom may have just upped the ante by showing off the Emmy he won for producing “Game Change” in the most unconventional way – he duck taped the trophy to the hood of his car and took it out for a joy ride.
When I caught up with the legend at his annual Simply Shakespeare event, Tom revealed, “There was room, big enough on the base of the trophy to put tape on, and somebody had to roll so we took a shot. It only went about 20 feet, then we treated it with the respect it deserved.”
Fresh off of the Emmys stage, Tom joined forces with fellow A-list stars like Wiliam Shatner, Martin Short, Billy Crystal, Cedric the Entertainer and more to put on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” play with a 60s twist. Tom dished to our PopStop TV News team exclusively about the staged reading that will benefit SCLA.
“We didn’t rehearse long enough to be able to predict what was going to be happening. We’ve done this a couple of times. We’d break out in roles so if you think it’s ‘Midsummer Nights Dream,’ you won’t recognize it tonight.”
The Shakespeare play hits home with Tom Hanks, who reminisced about his humble beginnings as a starving actor.
“It was my first gig. When I was a student, I went to see Shakespeare all the time, the cheap left-over seats,” Tom said. “So I was schooled in it and it was the only thing I wanted to do. I was hoping I can get a job and be in ‘Othello’, be in ‘Henry the Fourth’, be in ‘Caesare’, be in ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’.”
On his highly-anticipated Sci-Fi film “Cloud Atlas”, the “Forrest Gump” actor dished that the new cast and new settings kept him on his toes.
“That was extraordinary, the cast was a green cast every day and the movie is such that we get to work with somebody new every day in a new setting, new character. So it’s a great work-out and it couldn’t have been a better way to spend three cold nights with sticky stuff on your face.”
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