Tom Hanks Archives
The Post

Character: Ben Bradlee
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer
Produced by: Steven Spielberg, Amy Pascal, Kristie Macosko Krieger
Other cast: Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys.
Release date: December 22, 2017
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Running time: 1h 56min

Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper -- The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers -- and very freedom -- to help bring long-buried truths to light.


→ Truth be told


♦ Tom Hanks is an aficionado and collector of vintage typewriters, and he actually tried out every one of the typewriters in the Post’s newsroom during the shoot and took one of them, a Corona Zephyr, for his own collection. ‘I tested every single one of those machines and I picked out the one for me,” he said. “I informed the prop department, I’m either buying it or stealing it – it’s up to them.”
♦ Sixty-one-year-old Tom Hanks plays 50-year-old Ben Bradlee. While Ben Bradlee is 3 years older than his wife, Antonette (Tony), the actors have a 17-year age gap.

Character’s Quotes

• He says we can’t, I say we can. There, you’re caught up.
• Well, if we live in a world where the government could tell us what we can and cannot print, then the Washington Post as we know it has already ceased to exist.
• We have to be the check on their power. If we don’t hold them accountable, then, my God, who will?