A Human Tom Hanks
American actor Tom Hanks attended the 2023 MusiCares Persons of the Year Gala honoring Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles on February 3, 2023. At this point and after decades delighting us with his films, Tom Hanks is like one of the family. We know him for his unforgettable characters, his Oscar awards, for the closeness he displays with fans and for his sympathetic buffoonery when he gives interviews.
Since he starred in classics like I would like to be big (1987), Partners and hounds (1989) or Forrest Gump (1994), he became a friendly star. A friendly, close, and funny figure who goes through stardom with a good sense of humor as his cover letter. However, Tom Hanks wants to come clean and take off his mask. Because he’s human, just like everyone else, after all.
The Pressure of Being “Charming”
The Oscar-winning actor for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump admitted that he sometimes feels pressured to maintain a certain level of “charming” composure, even when he’s not in his prime. This revelation follows the promotion of The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece, a novel written in his own handwriting that portrays the development of a high-budget superhero movie, with an eccentric director and a self-destructive leading man who delays shooting.
“I myself brought out each of those behaviors on a set,” he told the BBC. “Not everyone is at their best every day on a movie set.” “I’ve had hard days trying to be a professional when my life was falling apart in more ways than one, and the requirement for me that day was to be funny, charming, and loving…and it’s the last thing I feel,” he confesses.
A Real Human Being
And with such an easy revelation, he reminds us that his accompanying image of always kind, funny, and charming celebrity is impossible to sustain without conscious effort. That he is human after all, with his days as a dog and personal problems that affect him like anyone else. Making movies is not easy. “Making movies is very hard work over a very long period of time consisting of so many moments of joy slapped against an equal amount of feelings of self-loathing. It is the best job in the world and the most bewildering job I know.”
Despite his long career and film successes, he thinks that only four of his films are “good enough”. Although he left us guessing and did not say which ones. But in the end, staying so funny and charming 24 hours a day would be impossible for anyone, not just for Tom Hanks.
A Professional on Set
While he is candid in acknowledging that he is not always the epitome of kindness, he also says that despite having his bad times, he prides himself on never being late to their jobs. “What can’t happen in a movie is that someone doesn’t bother with the schedules or the length of the shoot or the budget. It’s a cardinal sin in the movie business.”
“You’ll be surprised,” he adds, “how many people know they can get away with it, and are told they can get away with it because they’re carrying the movie on their shoulders.” But not him. In summary, between his characters and public interventions, Tom Hanks has earned a reputation as an affable, close, and kind star.
But, in the end, staying so funny and charming 24 hours a day would be impossible for anyone, not just for Tom Hanks. This article was written exclusively for in Spanish by Cine54.