Tom Hanks Issued A Warning To His Son Ahead Of Their First Film Together

The actor and his son Truman share the screen in the upcoming dramedy, A Man Called Otto.

Tom Hanks has revealed that he issued his son a warning ahead of them sharing the screen together for the first time.

The actor and his son, Truman, star in the upcoming comedy-drama, A Man Called Otto, in which Tom plays “the grumpiest man in America”.

The Hollywood star is portrayed by his 26-year-old son in the movie’s flashback scenes.

The Marc Forster-directed film follows Otto Anderson as he descends into a deep malaise when his wife dies and he is forced to retire, before boisterous new neighbours move in leading to an unlikely friendship.

(L-R) Truman and Tom Hanks
(L-R) Truman and Tom Hanks
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Appearing on this week’s Graham Norton Show, Tom said: “Truman plays my character’s younger self, but he’s not the actor in the family – he’s an artist and is going to be a cinematographer.

“We talked about it a lot and it was all his choice, but I said to him, ‘No matter what your last name is, you are going to have to hit the marks’.

“Not everyone is cut out for that, but he did a magnificent job and I thought he was extraordinary.

“It’s still to be discovered if he’s caught the acting bug – we will see where he wants to go with it.

“I’ve always said to the kids, ‘It’s great work if you can get it but you’ve got to make it stick’.

“But his passion is shaping the shot rather than being in the shot.”

Tom Hanks is a guest on this week's Graham Norton Show .
Tom Hanks is a guest on this week's Graham Norton Show .
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The Forrest Gump star has two sons with his wife, actor and singer Rita Wilson, and has two children from his previous marriage to Samantha Lewes.

Talking about his upcoming novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece, he said: “Write what you know, right?

“No one knows how we make movies – it is so cockamamie how you get a movie from someone’s idea to the screen.

“I think I invested about 400 pages and nine quarts of blood writing it.”

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One and iPlayer on Friday at 10.40pm.


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