Even Tom Hanks Knows the Sting of a Pinkslip
06.29.11 by reelz
A man knocked hard by job loss and worried about his economic fate — not exactly a premise that seems relatable to an A-list actor like Tom Hanks. Turns out, it is. As Hanks tells Hollywood Uncensored host Sam Rubin, after the cancellation of his TV show Bosom Buddies, he was an unemployed actor with a family to support. There were a few guest roles here and there, including one on Happy Days, but nothing solid on the horizon... Until, as he puts it, he got the lead role in "Opie Cunningham's movie" (Splash).
That experience was part of the reason he signed on to produce as well as star in this week's Larry Crowne — a "small, personal" movie it wasn't easy to find backing for. For more of Hanks' conversation about Larry Crown, including how he recruited Julia Roberts to star in the movie, and his take on press junkets (which he calls Celebrity Mule Trains), tune in tomorrow, June 30, at 10PM ET / 7PM PT, or catch one of Hollywood Uncensored's encore showings.