Tom Hanks says he wouldn’t accept the role of a gay man in Philadelphia in modern times… the actor won the Oscar as an HIV-positive character for his performance in a 1993 film
- The 65-year-old actor said: ‘Let’s talk, ‘Could a straight man do what I did in Philadelphia now?’
- Hanks won an Oscar for his performance as a gay man living with the HIV virus in the 1993 film
- He said his presence in the film was “one of the reasons why people weren’t afraid of this film”.
- He said people ‘wouldn’t accept the inauthenticity of a straight playing a gay’
- Hanks currently stars as Colonel Tom Parker in the new Elvis movie
Tom Hanks has opened up about straight artists playing LGBTQ characters, saying he wouldn’t accept a role in such circumstances right now after winning an Oscar for his performance as a gay man living with the HIV virus in the 1993 film Philadelphia.
The Oscar winner, 65, speaking to The New York Times Magazine on Monday, said: “Let’s talk: ‘Could a straight man do what I did in Philadelphia now? “No, and rightly so.
Hanks in the film portrays attorney Andrew Beckett, a gay man who is fired from his law firm after his bosses uncover details about his personal life.
The latest: Tom Hanks, 65, has opened up about straight artists playing LGBTQ characters, saying he wouldn’t accept a role in such circumstances right now after winning an Oscar for his performance of a gay man living with the HIV virus in the 1993 film Philadelphia. He was pictured in Memphis earlier this month
He said that “the whole point of Philadelphia was to not be afraid” and that “one of the reasons people were not afraid of this movie is that [he] played a homosexual.
“We’re beyond that now, and I don’t think people would accept the inauthenticity of a straight guy playing a gay guy.”
Hanks added, “It’s not a crime, it’s not silly 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 won back-to-back Oscars in 1994 and 1995 for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, said the two films were “timely films, at the time, that you couldn’t maybe not do now,” because they “would be mocked and separated on social media.”
Hanks won an Oscar for his portrayal in the film of lawyer Andrew Beckett, a gay man who is fired from his law firm after his bosses uncover details about his personal life
Hanks appeared alongside Denzel Washington in the 1993 film Jonathan Demme
Upon accepting the Oscar for Philadelphia, Hanks opened up about the tragic death toll caused by HIV/AIDS.
“I know my work in this case is amplified by the fact that the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels,” Hanks said. “We know their names. There’s a thousand of them for each of the red ribbons that we wear here tonight. They finally rest in the warm embrace of the gracious creator of us all.
“A healing embrace that cools their fevers, clears their skin, and lets their eyes see the simple, obvious, common-sense truth that is made manifest by the benevolent Creator of us all and written on paper by wise men, tolerant men, in the city of Philadelphia 200 years ago.
Hanks said “the whole point of Philadelphia was to not be scared” and that “one of the reasons people weren’t scared of this movie is because [he] played a gay man
Hanks, who plays Colonel Tom Parker in the new Elvis movie, has been on the promotional trail for the film
Hanks, who plays Colonel Tom Parker in the new Elvis movie, also told the publication why he hasn’t posted a tweet on his Twitter page in over two years.
“I stopped posting because, #1, I thought it was an empty exercise,” he said. ‘I have enough attention on me. 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 “Fuck you, Hanks”. I don’t know if I want to give him the forum.
“If the third comment is ‘Fuck you, you Obama-loving communist,’ it’s like I don’t need to do that.”