Tom Hanks is kind of adorable. He gave an interview where he pleaded to be a superhero villain, particularly someone in the Batman universe. I guess seeing Tom Hanks as a villain would be something new, and if Ben Affleck can play Batman, anything is possible. Here’s what he told Showbiz 411 via Huffington Post:
They don’t ask me, man. I keep trying. Come on, I can do it. I can do it. Even let me play a bad guy, let me play the bad guy against Batman. I’ll do anything, call me. They’ve never asked. What do I gotta do? God, I want to throw a shield at somebody. I want that. And I don’t want to play the guy in the suit who tells the superheroes what’s going on, I don’t want to be that guy. ‘Well, you know Batman, Captain America, Iron Man, here’s what we’ve discovered,’ I don’t want to be that guy. I want to get in there, I want to play The Flash or something like that. They’ll never give me a chance.
Someone in the comments section pointed out that if the dad from Malcolm in the Middle can play a badass meth cook, Tom Hanks can totally play a comic book movie villain.
Could YOU see Tom Hanks as a Batman villain?
October 18, 2013 at 5:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Tom Hanks was on Late Night with David Letterman last night, and he opened up about his recent diagnosis with Type 2 Diabetes. Apparently he’s struggled with high blood sugar for much of his adult life, which apparently may have been partly due to his weight changes for various roles over the years.
“My doctor said, ‘Look, if you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school, you will essentially be completely healthy. You will not have Type 2 diabetes’.
“And then I said to her, ‘Well, then, I’m gonna have Type 2 diabetes because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school’.”
Well, I don’t think he really needs to weigh as much as he did in high school, but Type 2 Diabetes is largely diet controlled, no? It’s also nothing to fuck around with – I should know, it runs in my family. Thankfully, my sugar levels are on the low side of normal but that’s only because I had to cut myself off from sugar.
But this is about Tom! Be okay, Tom! Don’t get neuropathy in your toes! Don’t go into a diabetic coma! Don’t eat too much Halloween candy! Actually, it’s a totally manageable illness if you’re diligent, so I’m sure he’ll be fine. He has to be, because I need more Full House slam poetry.
October 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Tom Hanks has done his fair share of films, but here’s one thing you might not know: he really doesn’t like violence in movies. He thinks it’s become far too glamourized in recent years and just isn’t feeling it. Let’s let him take it away, shall we?
From The Daily Mail:
‘When I was growing up, Westerns, by and large, were kind of violent movies in which every argument seemed to be settled with either a gun or a fist in the face and those are sort of mythic examinations of the same stories that Shakespeare and Sophocles were telling,’ he says.
‘And then we got into another era where it becomes the kind of glamorous take on how gorgeous it can be to fire guns and blow up buildings and stuff like that.
‘And I understand that to a degree, but even when I was young I wanted to see films that somehow reflected my world or the world as I understood it or an authentic take on how complicated we all are.
‘And while there’s always room for a fabulous James Bond movie with a great action sequence in it, there is without doubt another type of film out there that is not that interested in it, there’s no moralisation that goes on, and I simply don’t choose to see them.
‘There have always been movies like that and it’s just that now they are part and parcel of the grand commerce of the motion picture industry.
‘I remember seeing Zulu when I was a kid. A very violent movie, it was all about gunfights and battles and massacres, but it ends up being a very different sort of movie, a time-capsule experience. I don’t think you can say that about some of the movies that come out today. But it’s all about a specific, personal choice.’
I mean, I’m not someone who subscribes to the idea that it’s the media’s fault that people are going on shooting sprees, to be honest. I think it comes down to a) ease of availability of the weapons used – the fact that you can purchase guns at a fucking Walmart might be a good place to start looking and b) lack of mental health awareness and care for those who need it. Someone who’s not already inclined to go on a murderous rampage isn’t suddenly going to do it because James Bond blew up a building – that’s just not reality. But I do think it’s an interesting dichotomy that the number of these incidents has increased as the media showcasing these actions is increased. Ah, who knows? It’s a complex issue.
The bottom line is that Tom Hanks is a big sweetie, right?
September 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Charlie Sheen was summoned for jury duty and actually showed up. Honestly, I’m surprised. Good work, Carlos. I didn’t think he’d turn down the offer to throw a tantrum for doing something he didn’t want to do. He didn’t make it very far before he was dismissed entirely. He spent the day (more like a few hours), “organizing his bets for the World Series, taking pics with fans, and downing a BLT for lunch” according to TMZ. But that’s not all. “I napped in the room most of the day!” he told reporters.
Tom Hanks was recently called in for jury duty and made it to the jury. Because of course. He’s Tom Hanks. (And Walt Disney, too.) However, Mr. Hanks’ involvement almost lead to a mistrial. Not his fault. A lawyer at the courthouse thanked Hanks for his service, which the defendants’ lawyer used to ask the judge for a mistrial, for, “prosecutorial misconduct.” They settled. (CNN)
God bless America.
September 25, 2013 at 9:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Tom Hanks is playing Walt Disney in the upcoming film Saving Mr. Banks, which I’m just literally hearing about for the first time while writing this article. The story focuses on Mary Poppins writer PL Travers – played by Emma Thompson, also seen above – when she moves from London to Hollywood to work with Disney on the film adaptation of the book. I know theoretically that sounds sorta boring, but I actually think it’ll be great!
On the flip side, the script is being written by Kelly Marcel, who’s also doing the 50 Shades of Grey movie. Perhaps that doesn’t bode so well, after all. But I have hope! Tom Hanks is great! Emma Thompson is great! It has to be great, right? We’ll find out this winter – it’s out December 20.
July 11, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Nothing I say to you can be as powerful as Tom Hanks‘ poem, and there’s no way that I can accurately describe how moving his words are. It’s probably best that you just watch the video for yourself so that you can learn some home truths about Danny Tanner, Uncle Jesse, and Uncle Joey.
You’re welcome for your afternoon cry.