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Here is the full interview clip of Tom & Renee did for Actors on Actors.
In their Actors on Actors conversation, Tom Hanks and Renée Zellweger talk about playing real-life people, Mr. Rogers and Judy Garland, in their films this year, and they reflect on their first jobs in the film industry.
And here are some of the outtakes from their shoot.
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Tom and the cast of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood attended a photo call and screening of the film in New York City on Sunday.
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A feature ran by the New York Times on Tom.
Hanks is playing Mister Rogers in a new movie and is just as nice as you think he is. Please read this article anyway.
Here is a list of stories about Tom Hanks I’ve heard over the last few miserable months, as it appeared that politeness and civility and manners were facing an extinction event in this country.
Once, in 2008, when he was shooting “Angels & Demons” in Rome by the Pantheon, a bride and her father couldn’t approach the chapel because of the hullabaloo, so Hanks stopped filming to escort them to the altar.
Once, in 2015, he stopped by a table of Girl Scout cookies and bought some boxes, donated an additional $20, then offered selfies to passers-by as an enticement to buy. That same year, he found a young woman’s student ID in a park and used his charming Twitter feed, which is filled with found items, to get it back to her.
Once, in 1997, before shooting “Saving Private Ryan,” Steven Spielberg sent Hanks and other cast members out to do military training in the woods with a former Marine. After spending time in the rain, they all voted to quit the training, except for Hanks, who chose to obediently perform the job he was hired for and spurred the other men to stick with it as well.
These are the regular-nice acts of a person who holds the mantle of Everyman in our movie star culture. But lately they have signified more than simple good deeds. They’re something like the embodiment of a gold standard of menschiness, which is not just gone from the culture at large, but now plays like a parody of it.
There’s more. Spielberg once said about him, “If Norman Rockwell were alive today, he would paint a portrait of Tom.”Continue Reading
Nothing better! Two of my favorite stars sitting down together to talk their newest roles! Tom joins actress Renee Zellweger for their Actors on Actors interview for Variety.
Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Renée Zellweger (“Judy”) sat down for a chat for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” For more, click here.
During their enduring careers, Tom Hanks and Renée Zellweger have gone back and forth seamlessly between comedies and dramas, played romantic leads and won Academy Awards — she for best supporting actress in 2003’s “Cold Mountain,” he for best actor in 1993’s “Philadelphia” and 1994’s “Forrest Gump.” And in their latest films — Zellweger’s “Judy” and Hanks’ “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” — both actors masterfully transform into real people, with Zellweger channeling Judy Garland in her final days, and Hanks embodying Fred Rogers.
In conversation recently, the two actors find another point in common: celebrity encounters during their time in the service industry. Hanks was a hotel bellboy; Zellweger supported herself during college as a cocktail waitress in an Austin bar.
“I carried Cher’s bags!” Hanks says excitedly. “No, you did not!” Zellweger replies. “When she was married to Gregg Allman,” Hanks continues. “I brought in the bags, and I said, ‘I believe these are the bags you asked for, Mr. Allman.’ He said, ‘I don’t know — Toots?’ And then Toots was Cher, and she came in, and yeah, that was her bag.” For Zellweger, “the guys from Bad Company would come in, Nick Nolte came in, Gary Busey came in.” At the mention of Busey, Hanks says, “Oh, that — he was there for a while.” (Hanks later clarifies his joke, saying, “Gary would appreciate it, because he’s bone-dry sober right now.”)
After discussing their before-they-were-famous star sightings, they turn to how they built their characters for “Judy” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”
Tom Hanks: So what is the first thing you do when playing Judy Garland? That’s like playing Elvis, or John Lennon, or something. What’s the first thing you do?
Renée Zellweger: Well, there’s a lot of material. You watch everything.
Hanks: Did you watch the variety show that she did?
Zellweger: Oh yes!
Hanks: That was a work of art, really. And the fact that nobody was tuning in because she was —
Zellweger: They were up against “Bonanza.”
Hanks: Oh, is that what killed it? Oh, my! Sometimes you get frustrated because you’ve found this nugget that explains the entire character, and you can’t find any place to put it in the movie. We had one thing that I found out: I asked Joanne Rogers, “What did Fred drink in the morning? Did he have coffee?” She said, “No, he drank hot cranberry juice.”
I went to Marielle Heller, who was the director of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” and said, “Is there any way we can get it in?” And she said, “The most we’re going to be able to do is have a glass of red liquid sitting on the counter there while you’re talking on the phone.” I said, “Good enough for me.”
Zellweger: It’s different when you’re playing a person who’s lived. There’s a different responsibility.
Hanks: The legend of Fred has not gone through the bowdlerization that Judy’s has — everything she went through, and how she became who she was. Did you have an overabundance of information you had to sift through?
Zellweger: Well, you try to be judicious about what it is that you take as fact. So, there was a lot of contradictory information. And there are so many biographies out there by people who claim to have known her.
Hanks: In the film, when you’re in the cab and you’re trying to find a place to stay, Lorna, the daughter, says, “Are you going to sleep now, Mommy?” because you took a couple of pills, and Judy says, “No, these are the other kind, honey,” which means you’re going to go up. So there, you’ve laid down a foundation of somebody who was pretty strung out by that time, suffering from a lifetime of taking mood-altering drugs just to get along with the day. There are those stories of them putting Dexedrine in her and Mickey Rooney’s soup so they could get through those Andy Hardy movies, you know?Continue Reading
I think that Tom would have been hilarious in this role!
The actor says his role in “The One With the Male Nanny” almost went to a very Big star.
Freddie Prinze Jr. says he’s lucky to have landed the role of Sandy on Friends, especially since the character could have gone to a very Big star.
Audiences met Sandy in the 200th episode of the long-running sitcom titled “The One With the Male Nanny,” in which Prinze played the titular character with a somewhat unorthodox job. He comes into the lives of Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Ross (David Schwimmer) as the on-again/off-again couple search for a nanny for their baby daughter, Emma. Ross doesn’t approve of Sandy the “manny,” taking issue with the fact that a man is so sensitive. Ross ends up firing the caregiver, but only after Sandy manages to help him get more in touch with his own emotions.
Prinze only played the character in one episode, and says he wasn’t the first actor they had in mind for the role.
“I wasn’t even supposed to be [Sandy], that was originally offered to Tom Hanks but he wasn’t gonna make it back from his film on time,” Prinze tells EW. “And so my agent called me and said, ‘Do you want to be on Friends? And I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do an episode of Friends. That’ll be great.’ He said, ‘Yeah, it shoots tomorrow.’ and I was like, ‘What?’ He said, ‘Yes, tomorrow so I’ll send you the script.’”Continue Reading
A Los Angeles Times profile on Tom & Matthew Rhys as they talk about their new film A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.
Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys don’t know what to do with the mad that they feel. The actors, who costar in the Mister Rogers movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” are shouting over each other like two kids squabbling for first rights to a slide at a playground, except they’re actually in a hollow conference room at a swanky West Hollywood design complex.
“I’m tired of living my life according to you!!” Rhys huffs at one turn, his Welsh accent sprinting through the words.
It’s all a performance, of course, from two affable actors trying to punch up another interview in their press blitz for the film. But gag or not, it gets them thinking about what Mister Rogers would have said if he bore witness to the screaming match — there’s talk of counting to four when there’s the impulse to roar. And then Hanks just goes for it.
“Sometimes people are mad/and they really do feel bad,” he begins to sing, channeling Rogers’ soft-and-steady tone while crossing his legs and mock-tying his shoes. “But the very same people who are mad sometimes/are the very same people who are glad sometimes.”
(Rhys, it should be noted, dutifully sang along.)
Almost no one needs reminding, at this point, that Hanks portrays the beloved children’s television host in the film — the casting garnered a collective swoon when it was announced last year. Rhys plays the unbelieving journalist tasked with writing a magazine profile of Rogers in the late ’90s.
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” which opens Nov. 22, is directed by Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) and is inspired by the 1998 Esquire article “Can You Say … Hero?” by Tom Junod. Early critical reception following its September world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival has been as warm and fuzzy as one of Rogers’ signature zip-up sweaters.
In a late-October interview, Hanks and Rhys talked about the heroism of Fred Rogers in contrast to those other superheroes of the big screen; who they held in that sort of reverence in their own lives; and learning how to set their cynicism aside. Here are edited excerpts from the conversation.
What was the typical response, early on, when you would tell people you were doing this movie?
Rhys: It was split for me because if I told people at home [in Wales] that I was doing a Mister Rogers film, they go, “Who’s Mister Rogers? Is it about that football player Aaron Rodgers?”
Hanks: Is that right?
Rhys: Yeah. Because that was the closest reference they have. The football player?
Hanks: The quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.
Rhys: They’d be like: “Do you play a linebacker of sorts?” I’d go, “No.” But, no, then you say, “With Tom Hanks.” They understand that reference. In this country, you say you’re doing a movie about Mister Rogers with Mr. Hanks and it elicits quite an emotive response for many reasons.
People just melt.Continue Reading
Parade spoke with Tom about what he learned from Fred Rogers while portraying him for his new film.
One of our favorite actors takes on one of our favorite TV icons in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. We asked Tom Hanks to tell us what it was like. Plus, he shares five things he learned from Mister Rogers.
What was the hardest thing about playing Mister Rogers?
Slowing down, finding the cadence and the tempo, because so much of making movies is usually a pressure-filled thing. You’re always sure to be staying 10 minutes late; you’re always trying to get a shot before you lose the location; you’re always trying to just get through it. That’s totally contrary to what Mister Rogers was about. So I would say for me, the hardest thing about playing Mister Rogers was being able to find the quiet spaces inside spaces that had to be filled.
How did you prepare for the part?
When I started preparing for the role in earnest, I started looking at many, many, many, many hours of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. It took me a while to realize that the show was not for adults or for anyone who understands nature or physics or even how flashlights work. The show was meant specifically for the mind of a child, who is just forming the logic of how elevators work, or why sometimes our parents are in a bad mood or why I’m jealous because there’s a new baby in my family. The show was specifically planned to enlighten the unenlightened. Also, we shot the film at WQED in Pittsburgh, the same studio Mister Rogers shot in, and many of the same people were still working there. So I heard lots of stories. I read Fred’s handwritten scripts of the shows on legal tablets.
What’s a favorite bit of wisdom from the movie?
There’s a question that Fred asks in the film, and he’s asked it in a number of public forums: “Is there somebody who loved you into existence, who loved you so much that you became who you are right now?” Who taught us how to love, who accepted us exactly as we are? Who told us that we were special and gave us that foundation of confidence and benevolence that we would not have had if they had not been in our lives?
If you could have had dinner with Fred Rogers, what three things would you have talked about?
I would want to have talked to him about the early days of television and how he was able to create this singular, completely individual enterprise that would likely never see the light of day today—and would certainly not be as sophisticated as Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was. “You’re going to start your show with a dead fish? What are the kids going to learn from that?” I would want to talk to him about when he was young, growing up as a fat, sickly kid who got made fun of. You could go through a lot of people in history who were very sick when they were young and became artists because they spent so much time alone. And then I would want to talk about what it was like growing up in a place like Latrobe, Pennsylvania—which was in some ways Anytown, USA, but at the same time was pretty rarified air. He was wealthy, and to be wealthy in a place like Latrobe would’ve had a kind of noblesse oblige aspect. You lived a kind of different life, but you were still in Latrobe; was that advantageous, or was that difficult? If I had dinner with Fred Rogers, I’d say nothing about me; I’d just ask Fred questions about his life.
5 Things Tom Hanks Learned from Fred Rogers in His Own Words
Hot cranberry juice is a perfect morning beverage. Not coffee or tea, but cranberry juice, heated up in, I guess, a microwave. The man got up at 5:30 every morning, so he knew what worked.
Getting up at 5:30 a.m. every day means you can answer an awful lot of mail.
A daily 20-minute swim does a world of good for you.
Weighing 143 pounds was his full-body message of “I (1) love (4) you (3).” “It takes one letter to say ‘I’ and four letters to say ‘love’ and three letters to say ‘you.’ One-hundred and forty-three,” Rogers said on his show.
“That which is essential is invisible to the naked eye”—his framed quote, in French, from Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince. This was Fred’s take on life, on being human. And it’s correct.
This weekend Tom attended the Governors Awards where he presented an award to his former co-star Geena Davis.
Geena Davis earned an honorary Oscar for her efforts to end gender inequality in the industry
There’s no crying in baseball — or in winning awards, for that matter.
Tom Hanks presented his A League of Their Own costar Geena Davis with an Honorary Oscar on Sunday as part of the 11th Annual Governors Awards. Held at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, Hanks, 63, introduced Davis, 63, as she took home the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work in gender equality.
“Back in 1992, Geena and about 600 other women, and one guy — one guy — starred in a film focused directly on gender bias,” he said in his speech, referencing the film’s all-star female cast, which included Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell, among others.
Hanks highlighted Davis’ character in the film, Dottie, and her grit when fighting for her place in the male-dominated sport of baseball, linking Dottie’s determination to that of the actress.
“[Davis] has an abundance of the very best qualities any human being can share with others,” he said. “Throughout her career she has chosen roles that show women as complex characters in control of their own destiny.”
Before welcoming Davis to the podium to claim her golden statuette, Hanks poked fun at himself speaking about her work toward gender equality with a hilarious gag about “man-splaining.”
“Not to ‘man-splain’ Geena’s commitment to gender equality — and by that I mean when a man articulates specifically and in less confusing language how males can sometimes, oh what is it, make themselves the expert in a certain topic…” he jested.
In her acceptance speech, Davis cited her 1991 movie Thelma & Louise for opening her eyes to how female characters are underrepresented in film. She pointed out how women are depicted in media compared to men, especially when it comes to the workforce, where the number of women in top jobs is way lower in entertainment than in the real world.
“However abysmal the numbers are in real life, it’s far worse in fiction — where you make it up,” she said. “It can be anything you want, and we make it worse than the crappy reality.”
Davis, also known for her work in Beetlejuice and her recent stint on Netflix’s GLOW, suggested one quick, overnight fix would be to swap the genders of supporting characters in upcoming projects. She told industry members in attendance to implement this on their current scripts, going through and changing the inconsequentially male roles and switching them to female. Then get ahold of her agent.
“And then cast me. Seriously,” she joked. “I mean, ‘humanitarian,’ yay, yes … but here’s the thing: Is there a reason it can’t also benefit me personally?”
Previous winners of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award include Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie, Audrey Hepburn, Bob Hope and Quincy Jones.
Davis, who won an Academy Award in 1988 for her supporting role in The Accidental Tourist, explained the importance of showcasing diverse female figures in children’s entertainment to shape young minds into accepting that everyone is inherently equal.
“I have so much passion for acting, it’s my joy in life,” she said in her speech. “I’ve also been passionate about empowering women … and girls, in part by seeking roles that I think might resonate with them in some way.”