Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have worked on five feature films together, and they’ll team up again this October for the Cold War-era thriller, Bridge of Spies. The partnership has yielded some of Hanks’ biggest successes, such as Catch Me if You Can and Saving Private Ryan.
Nearly any project Tom Hanks decides to take on, though, is guaranteed a certain amount of box office buzz because the guy is just so damn likable. Even with all of the blockbuster roles under his belt — 17 of his movies have grossed more than $100 million — there have been a number of big parts that, for better or worse, Hanks passed on.
Rather than celebrate Tom Hanks’ birthday by looking back at the many, many fine movies he’s done, let’s look at some of the ones he didn’t do.