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By Ali  /  on Jul 07, 2019  /  Commented by 0

It’s news to Tom Hanks that “Forrest Gump” is turning 25, partly because for him, nostalgia has yet to kick in: “It’s never gone away.”

Looking back now, the award-winning feel-good drama (which celebrates its anniversary Saturday) has endless bona fides. It nabbed six Oscars, including best picture, best director for Robert Zemeckis, and best actor for Hanks – his second in a row after winning for “Philadelphia.” “Gump” ruled the box office in 1994, scoring $330 million and beating out “The Lion King” for the top spot, plus launched a litany of memorable Gumpisms (“Life is like a box of chocolates”), as well as the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant franchise.

A rousing success in hindsight, for sure, though back in the day, “it was an absolute crapshoot,” Hanks tells USA TODAY. “It’s a really crazy, unique motion picture without a doubt. And it’s a movie in which the great moments that resonate are going to change depending on when you’re watching it.”

The memories come roaring back easily for Hanks, who starred as the slow but good-hearted title character. Forrest recounts decades of his almost unbelievable life story for strangers he encounters at a bus stop, from being an Alabama football star and becoming a ping-pong champion to uncovering Watergate and inspiring John Lennon’s “Imagine.” But he speaks most fondly of his beloved mom (Sally Field) and troubled love Jenny (Robin Wright).

“Gump” (which has a new anniversary release out on Blu-ray and digital HD platforms) filmed in the latter half of 1993 mostly in the South, and Hanks recalls one production stretch of 27 consecutive days all over the Eastern seaboard.

Hanks and Zemeckis had fights with Paramount Pictures about the cost of Forrest’s epic cross-country run and wrote the checks themselves. “There was just all sorts of stuff, like can we really even call it ‘Forrest Gump’ in this day and age?” (Among the potential issues: Forrest was named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, founder of the KKK, and “gump” is another word for a dim-witted person.)

When filming the bus-stop scenes in Savannah, Georgia, with pages and pages of dialogue, Hanks remembers asking Zemeckis, “Is anybody going to (care) about this?”

But the director was always very open, Hanks adds. “He said, ‘I can’t have the director and the star of the film not be soulmates. You need to tell me anything and I need to feel comfortable telling you anything. And if that’s the case, I will open up every frame of this movie to you.’ ”

By the time Hanks was recording Forrest’s narration, he figured out that they’d found not only the character’s voice but also the voice of his signature common sense. “Instead of saying, ‘After that moment, we were together like peas in a pod,’ Forrest doesn’t understand what these kind of cliches are. What he knows is that his mom always made him peas and carrots. So it became, ‘We went together like peas and carrots.’

“Bob was always saying, ‘What do you think Forrest would do here?’ and I would put it through this kind of sieve,” Hanks says. “It ended up being not the way to approach all movies after that, but it was the beginning of a shift in me as an actor to say, ‘Ah, my job is to behave, not to sell.’ ”

The scenes that “really broke” Hanks when he saw them onscreen were the ones about Forrest’s experience in Vietnam and his friendship with Lieutenant Dan (Gary Sinise), but he says everybody has their own relationship to the movie. “If you land on it, depending on what’s happening right now, you’ll kind of go, ‘Oh, I didn’t realize this was such a ‘boing’ moment the first time I saw it.’ ”

However, he doesn’t think “Forrest Gump” is an all-purpose salve for trying times: “I’d be very suspicious of anybody who says, ‘We really need this movie now.’ That sounds like talking points from the studio. I don’t believe that.”


By Ali  /  on Jul 02, 2019  /  Commented by 0

“Little monsters!”

Kids ask Tom Hanks the questions no adult would ever dare to – Where do you park your Yacht? Do you sing Toy Story songs in the shower? What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve done at work?

Find out how Tom aka Woody from from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4, handles the U.K’s hardest hitting young journalists.

By Ali  /  on Jun 21, 2019  /  Commented by 0

Love this interview with BBC Radio 1 about being Woody over the past 25 years! He talked about getting cast as Woody and developing his character

Tom Hanks talks to BBC Radio 1’s film critic Ali Plumb about playing Toy Story’s iconic cowboy Woody over the past 25 years. He reveals how he took the role, the weirdest lines he’s had to say and the strangest place he’s seen Woody’s face. Plus he tells us why Pixar have bottle perfection once again for Toy Story 4 with Keanu Reeves.

By Ali  /  on Jun 21, 2019  /  Commented by 0

Kumail Nanjiani from HBO’s Silicon Valley and the new film Stuber, made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel and spoke about how Tom gave him some great advice for the red carpet!

Kumail talks about ‘Silicon Valley,’ the great advice he got from Tom Hanks, and his chemistry with Dave Bautista in his new movie Stuber.

By Ali  /  on Jun 20, 2019  /  Commented by 0

The BBC gives us a clip from tomorrow’s episode of The Graham Norton show featuring Tom, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal!

By Ali  /  on Jun 19, 2019  /  Commented by 0

Today Tom is in Spain promoting Toy Story 4 … he started at a photo call.

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By Ali  /  on Jun 19, 2019  /  Commented by 0

Be sure to tune in!

By Ali  /  on Jun 18, 2019  /  Commented by 0

The actor says he had to turn his back as he was working on the end of “Toy Story 4.” “I don’t think I could’ve done the last few recording sessions the other way.”

In 1995, Tom Hanks lent his voice to Woody, the trusty sheriff doll in Pixar’s “Toy Story.” Since then, Hanks has become a grandparent, while the films have evolved into a soulful meditation on growing up and the passage of time. “Toy Story 4,” out Friday, finds Woody moving on yet again, with what feels — for now, at least — like a conclusive ending.

Here, Hanks talks about the franchise and what it says about family, and the unique pleasures and demands of playing a children’s plaything. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

Has the process of recording Woody changed much?

He still yells an awful lot. (Shouting) “Guys come on! We have to go! We just can’t leave her there, guys! Come on!” He is in some ways the compass of responsibility for everybody in the room. And he’s always been tightly wound.

There are times when my diaphragm is sore at the end of a four- or five-hour recording session, just because the challenge is to wring out every possible option for every piece of dialogue. It’s every incarnation of outrage and surprise and disappointment and heartache and panic and being plused and nonplused.

Fortunately, because I don’t smoke or get too drunk, my voice sounds more or less the same.

How does seeing Woody out in the world compare to seeing your own face on a movie poster?

We were at Disneyland with the kids. You know they’re always having parades and things like that, and there was a thing, an absolute extravaganza, and Woody is a part of it. We were there watching it and my daughter — who’s in her 30s, by the way — the first time we saw it, she burst into tears.

And I said, “It was kind of great, wasn’t it?” But she pointed out to me that Woody will be part of that for the rest of time, the same way Mickey is. And in no small way, I am Woody.

Have you developed a special fondness for the “Toy Story” films?

Believe it or not, I actually think they’re important. It’s a disparate group of toys, but there is this sense of both true family and extended family that is representative of anybody’s life, including the little kids, who just might be delighted by toys that come to life.

This one’s about moving on, you know. The pairing up and the moving on that must happen in life. Because we are forever being changed.

So much of the films are about family. How does that resonate with you as a parent?

These are just such magnificent motion pictures for that very reason. There’s the moment [in “Toy Story 3”] where Andy’s mom is in Andy’s empty bedroom and this thing comes over her. The mom mourning the fact that her boy was grown up and was no longer her little boy. I’m not even in that scene and I was knocked out by it. You think, how could they possibly animate this and have it be so, so profoundly right?

This is the same movie that has all of the toys thinking they’re about to meet their end in a fiery inferno. And what do they do, but reach out for each other. That’s really high-country stuff there. You can’t even call that a cartoon. That was a deep encapsulation of real authentic human feeling.

How do you tackle emotional scenes when you’re on the soundstage with the script?

It’s an imaginary stretch. To the point of exhaustion. Because you’re only using your voice, you can’t go off mic, you cannot use any of your physicality. You have to imagine that physicality. In a lot of ways that’s the antithesis of what you do as an actor.

I found a lot of times the only way I could do it would be closing my eyes. Not seeing the stage and the people there, and trying to work myself to a place. My last few sessions I had them set up the mic stand with my back to them. I don’t think I could’ve done the last few recording sessions the other way. If there was a scintilla of self-consciousness to any of those lines, it would have been unsatisfying.

I understand Tim Allen warned you about those last scenes.

As we were getting closer to what I knew were going to be the last few recording sessions, Tim sent me a text, saying: (gruffly) “Have you done these last pages yet? I’m still getting over it.”

It’s been such a long journey with these characters.

They are four completely different films. There’s no formula to them. And they don’t crank these things out. It takes them a while to see the possibility and to work up these stories that are going to be worthwhile. I think they would all probably go throw themselves off the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge if they had made a “Toy Story” movie and everybody said it was just O.K. That just won’t fly. And I think that might be one of the reasons they’re saying, well, after “Toy Story 4,” we don’t know what the future of this is going to be.

I remember the first time I met Woody. They wanted me to come over because they were going to try this new form of animation. And there was Woody and the whole bit. I watched this test probably six times in a row and just thought, how did they do that? Not how did they make the image, but how did they make it spark to life so seamlessly?

And the grandchildren? Do they enjoy “Toy Story”?

They’ve seen them all many times. It is the perfect babysitter.

What’s interesting is, I think because they hear their grandfather’s voice and they know that I’m Woody, I guess the disbelief is not quite as suspended as, for example, for “Frozen.” That was all encompassing. They’re girls.


By Ali  /  on Jun 18, 2019  /  Commented by 0

Yesterday Tom stopped by the Late Late Show with James Corden while doing press for Toy Story 4 in London. He talked about how he would have liked Woody to sound and when he went to the theater as a child to see 101 Dalmatians. Oh and of course you get to hear him sing a song by the Beatles!

Here are also some photos from the taping!

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Tom Hanks Archives > 2019 > June 17 | The Late Late Show With James Corden – Show
Tom Hanks Archives > 2019 > June 17 | The Late Late Show With James Corden – Backstage

By Ali  /  on Jun 18, 2019  /  Commented by 0

Tom & Rita posted a video to their story on facebook yesterday showing their support of the McCartney family’s goal of Meat Free Mondays to help our planet. Here is a video that includes Tom & Rita’s encouragement!