Reaching space is the dream of many and not everyone has the possibility of receiving an invitation to be out of orbit. This happened to the prominent American actor Tom Hanks; However, a powerful reason motivated him to reject the offer of billionaire Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin rocket, why? There were millions of dollars at stake here for a 12 minute trip and we will tell you about it in detail.
The protagonist of ‘Forrest Gump’ He was on the list of ‘exclusive guests’ to participate in the launch, last month, devised by the Amazon shareholder, which in the end ended up being made by Canadian William Shatner, star of ‘Star Trek’ at 90 years old.
During a recent appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’, Tom Hanks He talked about space travel after the host asked him: “Is it true that Jeff Bezos asked you to go to space before William Shatner?”.
The actor was quick to reply: “Well yeah, as long as I pay (…) And, you know, it cost $ 28 million, or something like that (…) I’m doing pretty well, Jimmy, I’m fine, but I won’t pay $ 28 million. “.
Tom Hanks, who came to the television space to promote his new movie ‘Finch’He added that a 12-minute trip was not worth a tremendous sum of money.
“You know what, we could simulate the experience of going to space right now. It is a journey of about 12 minutes, right? “ and mimicked the motion of a rocket while in his chair. “I don’t need to spend 28 million to do that.”he added jokingly.
Although this time he rejected the proposal of Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin rocket, the Oscar winner assured that he would travel to space if this did not cost so much money.
“Well, I would do it just to enjoy this experience and pretend that I am a billionaire,” he said.
Blue Origin was launched into space in October with actor William Shatner, Captain Kirk in ‘Star Trek’, on board and with him traveled Audrey Powers, Vice President of Missions and Operations of Blue Origin, Glen de Vries, founder of the company Metadata and Cris Boshuizen, founder of Planet Labs and former NASA engineer.