Rita Wilson Reveals Why Tom Hanks Turned Down ‘When Harry Met Sally’ Role
In a recent interview with , actress Rita Wilson shed light on a little-known fact about her husband, Tom Hanks: he once turned down a role in the iconic romantic comedy, ‘When Harry Met Sally’.
Wilson revealed that Hanks declined the opportunity to play the male lead in the 1989 hit film, which ultimately went to Billy Crystal. When asked about the decision, Wilson stated, “Tom loved the script and thought it was hilarious, but he ultimately felt that the character wasn’t a good fit for him at the time.”
The role of Harry Burns, which showcased Crystal’s comedic talent and playful banter with Meg Ryan’s character, Sally Albright, became one of the most beloved rom-com performances of all time. However, it seems that Hanks had different reasons for passing on the role.
Although Hanks and Crystal are close friends, Wilson clarified that Hanks’ decision had nothing to do with competition or comparing himself to Crystal. “Tom has always been incredibly supportive of his fellow actors, and he knew Billy was the perfect choice for the role,” she stated.
Many fans might find it surprising to learn that Hanks considered a role in the film, as he went on to star in numerous beloved romantic comedies himself, including ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and ‘You’ve Got Mail’. However, as Wilson explained, “Timing is everything in this industry, and sometimes you have to trust your instincts and say no to certain roles.”
Despite turning down the opportunity to star in ‘When Harry Met Sally’, it’s safe to say that Hanks has had a successful career, winning two Academy Awards and becoming one of Hollywood’s most respected actors.
As for Wilson, she has also enjoyed an illustrious acting career, appearing in films such as ‘Jingle All The Way’ and ‘Runaway Bride’. She has often collaborated with Hanks onscreen, proving that they make a dynamic duo both professionally and personally.
The revelation about Hanks’ decision adds an interesting dimension to the behind-the-scenes workings of the film industry, highlighting the complex decision-making process that actors face when choosing roles.
While it’s intriguing to imagine what Hanks’ portrayal of Harry Burns would have been like, it’s clear that the role was destined for Crystal, who brought his own unique charm and wit to the character.
Ultimately, Wilson’s revelation serves as a reminder that even Hollywood’s biggest stars have their reasons for turning down certain roles, and that these decisions can sometimes lead to the creation of iconic performances by other actors.