Tom Hanks is one of the most beloved and prolific actors of our generation. From Toy Story to Forrest Gump, the star has starred in nearly 100 movies, but he has now revealed he wasn’t always happy with them.
More recently, Hanks starred in the Elvis Presley biopic ‘Elvis’ as the boss of the king of rock and roll, Colonel Tom Parker – but did he like it?
Hanks broke it all down in a new interview while discussing writing his debut novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece.
The book, which is due out May 9, 2023, is inspired by experiences Hanks has had during his long career in Hollywood.
During the chat, he spoke candidly about his own films. He said, “No one knows how a movie is made – even if everyone thinks they do.”
Hanks watched his own films, of which there are more than 80, and noted how “miraculous” the film sets are, while talking about their quality.
He said: “I’ve done a ton of movies (and four of them are pretty good, I think), and I’m always amazed at how the movies come together. From a flicker of an idea to the flickering image on the screen, the whole process is a miracle.”
He later added, “Filmmaking is very hard work over a very long period of time that consists of so many moments of joy slapped against an equal number of feelings of self-loathing. It’s the greatest work of the world and the most confusing work I know.”
While Hanks wouldn’t name which of his films he deemed “pretty good,” it’s obvious to see which he might not be proud of.
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In 1999 he starred in Saving Private Ryan, where his performance went down in history as one of his strongest to date.
While many of his characters have been extremely heroic over the years, it’s now been revealed that he wanted to try something different for Elvis.
Hanks’ version of Colonel Tom Parker was largely the villain of Baz Luhrmann’s biopic. And the director explained that it was an intentional choice for the Captain Phillips star.
Luhrmann said: “I sat down with him without even writing a script yet and he said, ‘Well, if you want me, I’m your man. “”
Luhrmann said Hanks wanted to do a character that his fanbase “wouldn’t want him to do”.
“Like all despots, Tom Parker was empathetic,” said the director of Great Gatsby. “He loved Elvis and exploited him so thoroughly, so Tom Hanks wanted to run into that role, he jumped at the chance to do a repulsive character.”
Elvis is available for digital download now.