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Tom Hanks Talks Controversial New Projects

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Tom Hanks is one of few actors to receive the honor of getting a Time Magazine cover, out this week, and in his interview talks about his upcoming projects, including the HBO World War II miniseries The Pacific and a TV project about the JFK Assassination, which he claims is one of "the most controversial things that has ever been on TV."

Wow!! We are definitely intrigued.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

On growing up around the military:
“Growing up I always knew Dad was in the Pacific somewhere fixing things. He had nothing nice to say about the Navy. He hated the Navy. He hated everybody in the Navy. He had no glory stories about it. My idea of history was just a course you had to take. Strange to think I’ve become the World War II guy. We all lived in naval housing and everybody who was like a primary care giver to me talked about The War. But when it came to understanding the history, I nodded off.”

On the correlations between WWII and today:
“From the outset we wanted to make people wonder how our troops can reenter society in the first place. How could they just pick up their lives and get on with the rest of us. Back in World War II we viewed the Japanese as ‘yellow slant-eyed dogs’ that believed in different Gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. Does that soud familiar by any chance to what’s going on today? At least the Pacific War Soldiers coming back form WWII decompressed on ships for weeks. And then once the troops arrived portside it was often a long train ride home to Peoria. Today these guys in Afghanistan fight in bloody hell and then are flown back in 18 hours. How can they cope with that? How can they suddenly go from Tora Bora to Peyton Place?”

On his JFK Assassination Project:
“We’re going to do the American public a service. A lot of conspiracy types are going to be upset. If we do it right it’ll perhaps be one of the most controversial things that has ever been on TV.”

We think Tom Hanks is absolutely fantastic, and we're thrilled he's taking a stand and raising awareness about very relevant moments in US History that we could probably all learn from, instead of repeating the same mistakes over and over.

We're also curious to see what kind of controversy he raises around John F. Kennedy!!

What kind of dirt did he dig up?? We can't wait to find out!!

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21 comments to “Tom Hanks Talks Controversial New Projects”

  1. 1

    Dig up dirt?
    Ah… That't not the way honest people and creators work.
    YOU dig up dirt.

  2. 2

    Tom Hanks is one of few actors to receive the honor of getting a Time Magazine cover this week.

    Does that mean that other actors are on alternate covers of Time Mag ?
    You can't even write a phrase without fucking it up…

  3. 3

    One of the best actors of all time looking forward to it, to bad Perez can't construct a sentence if his life depended on it.

  4. 4

    Tom Hanks is the man!

  5. 5

    I have always loved Tom! :)

  6. 6

    He is just AMAZING!!

  7. 7

    He didn't dig up any dirt. He says "conspiracy types" are going to be upset. that means he's going to agree with historians and say…da da da! Lee Harvey Oswald did it, acting alone. Case closed.

  8. 8

    Cant wait for the new stuff.

  9. 9

    OH boy this will be a real lib lie fest!!!! Het Tom all the WWII vets aren't dead yet watch you fibs!!

  10. 10

    RE: JFK

    If he fingers the CIA and Lyndon Johnson then he hits the nail on the head.


  11. 11

    Love Tom Hanks, what a genuinely lovely bloke.

  12. 12

    I'm not the biggest fan of Tom Hanks– he's a great actor and producer, but I don't agree with a lot of the things he's said– but I am glad that SOMEONE is bringing WWII into the mainframe again. I couldn't care less about JFK, though.

    I hope that The Pacific is as good as BoB and then some… I loved BoB, but it was so scattered… I ended up reading 2 memoirs (Webster and Winters) and the compilation BoB book (Ambrose) to get the full story. Always thought it should have been twice as long to really tell the story of E Co… hope I don't feel the same way about the Pacific!

  13. 13

    that is a nice shot

  14. 14

    Tom Hanks rocks !!!!!!!!

  15. 15

    Let's see if Hanks's new project whitewashes the service of Black soldiers the way BoB and "Saving Private Ryan" did.

    Maybe his next project will be about those brave Episcopalians and Mormons who fought the Viet Nam War.

  16. 16

    lol i love how you edit these posts after all the comments left point out your massive errors

  17. 17

    Tom Hanks is such a lovely guy. Very talented, love his son's work as well. Kudos to him for being kick ass!

  18. 18

    What I HATE is the by-line by Doug Brinkley (who I usually admire) about Hanks "…redefining history." Bullshit! Shedding new light in old corners is not being the revisionist that Brinkley seems to be hinting at! We don't go for fairy tales; we want facts!

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    Re: Swear to ME! – You've seen those photos of Johnson getting sworn in. Winks.

  20. 20

    Well now we know why Hanks is a hater. His daddy was a hater. Sadly Hanks has become very cynical and defensive since becoming Obama's #1 fan. He was on MSNBC Morning Joe today and he was a sour puss. I liked him much better in drag!

  21. 21

    hmm cant wait!