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!!