Tom Hanks says he couldn’t play a gay man in ‘Philadelphia’ now

Tom Hanks says he couldn’t play a gay man in ‘Philadelphia’ now

Tom Hanks attends the

Tom Hanks attends the Elvis premieres June 5 at the State Theater in Sydney. (Photo: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

In 1994, Tom Hanks won the first of his two consecutive Oscars for his performance in philadelphia cream, in which he played a homosexual who sought justice after being wrongfully fired by his employer because he was HIV-positive. The actor explained in an interview with The New York Times magazine released on Friday that he understands why he could never play that role today.

“Could a straight man do what I did in philadelphia cream now? No, and rightly so,” Hanks said. “The interest of philadelphia cream do not be afraid. One of the reasons people weren’t scared of this movie was that I was playing a gay man. We’re beyond that now, and I don’t think people would accept the inauthenticity of a straight guy playing a gay guy. It’s not a crime, it’s not boohoo, for someone to say we’re going to demand more from a movie in the modern realm of authenticity. Do I look like I’m preaching? I do not want.”

Hanks, who promotes his latest project, that of Baz Luhrmann Elvis, in which he plays the iconic singer’s manager, Tom Parker, also touched on some of his other most memorable roles. One was that of Professor Robert Langdon, whom he played in a trio of films based on best-selling books by author Dan Brown: The “Da Vinci Code”, Angels and Demons and Hell. He called both sequels a “commercial enterprise” and all of them “hooey”.

He did, however, share a fun memory from making the first one.

“It was my 40th birthday,” said Hanks, who is now 65. “We were filming at the Louvre at night. I changed my pants in front of the Mona Lisa! They brought me a birthday cake in the Grand Salon! Who gets to have that experience?”

As for his personal life, Hanks explained why he hasn’t been active on Twitter since May 2020.

“I stopped posting because, number one, I thought it was an empty exercise. I have enough attention on me,” he said. “But I’d also post something goofy like, ‘Here’s a pair of shoes I saw in the middle of the street,’ and the third comment would be:”[Expletive] you, Hanks. I don’t know if I want to give him the forum. If the third comment is ‘[Expletive] you, you Obama-loving communist, it’s like I don’t need to do this.'”

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