When I saw that Internet hero Tom Hanks was going to participate in a Reddit Ask Me Anything, I was hoping for the best, meaning the worst. Finally, America’s Nicest Celebrity would drop the act and prove to be the misogynistic, chain-smoking, hard-drinking, perverted, Nickelback-loving creep I’ve always wanted him to be. “Hey, go f*ck yourself, bitch” would be his response to everything, followed by a link to Goatse. It would have been perfect.
Instead, Hanks was a gentleman and a scholar during yesterday’s AMA. This ain’t over, Hanks.
Scenario: JJ Abrams is making a reboot movie of The Next Generation. Do you want the role of Picard, Riker, Data, Worf, or Q?
The Borg. Nothing else.
Whats your favorite movie you didn’t act in?
Recently, Looper. And Das Boot the directors cut.
What classic movie would you have loved to have worked on?
2001: A space odyssey.
Which would you rather see become a ride at a theme park: The Polar Express or Forrest Gump?
The Captain Phillips Life-Boat Launch Experience.
Tell us one thing that shows the dark side of Tom!
I relish Aston Villa victories.
My question, how is Hooch doing?
All the dogs who played hooch — all four of them — went to dog heaven.
Can you give us an update on the WWII miniseries on the 8th Air Force? What made you decide to focus on the Mighty 8th for the series?
Don Miller’s book was all I could ask for in a historical tome. And HBO said ” Can you give us another WWII series?” Done!
I still have a polaroid of you and me from 1993/4 when you were filming “that thing you do” on my street and randomly asked the 11 year old kid on the set if you could use the bathroom in his house.
Did you find my secret message?
If you were a Friends character, which would you be and why?
The naked guy out the window across the back alley.
Hi Tom. If you had the chance to travel back in time, any place at any moment but only for 15 minutes – where would you go and what would you do? Have a nice one.
I would go back to NYC in 1939 for the smells and food and people — to see the City when it was at a different scale than now. to see the worlds fair and eat Cheesecake at Lindy’s. I’d only want 24 hours.
It is probably one of your lesser known movies, but just wanted to say that I watched That Thing You Do countless times as a teenager.
It’s the one movie I would love to make again.
Do you have the real Wilson from Cast Away or was it lost?
I have the old, ratty wilson and sign new ones for charities.
Mr. Hanks, I think what we all need to know is this: What is your perfect sandwich?
Ham and swiss on spelt. Mustard only and a bit of lettuce. No tomato!
Have you ever been confused by somebody calling you Otm Shank?
No. Mot Skahn, yes.
Just to make it sure… who is the best smelling actor you have ever worked with?
Hands down, Peter Scolari.