Don’t go anywhere with Tom Hanks!

Readability

Don't go anywhere with Tom Hanks!

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and I’m tak­ing a break from pol­i­tics, which always includes watch­ing a movie.

I’ve been a Tom Hanks fan since his Bosom Bud­dies days (19801982, that’s how old I am), a series oddly pre­scient of some of today’s headlines,

Two young sin­gle ad men must dis­guise them­selves as women to live in the one apart­ment they can afford.

Hanks went on to star in dozens of movies, many of which involve travel-​related mishaps.

Hanks’s mis­matched shoes at the air­port get him into trou­ble in The Man With One Red Shoe. He goes to the board­walk as a child and turns into a grownup in Big. He has a fate­ful car acci­dent in The Bon­fire of the Van­i­ties. He and Gary Sinise nearly get blown to smithereens twice — first in bat­tle, later in a hur­ri­cane — in For­rest Gump, and let’s not for­get when he and Meg Ryan came this­close to being human sac­ri­fices in Joe Ver­sus the Vol­cano.

As Hanks’s career took off, he starred as astro­naut Jim Lovell in Apollo 13, where he said one of cinema’s most-​quoted lines, “Hous­ton, we have a prob­lem,” after the cap­sule sprung an oxy­gen leak and lost power fol­low­ing an on-​board explosion:

Hanks was hounded by a cabal which counted as a mem­ber a self-​flagellating albino in The Da Vinci Code. East Ger­man punks stole his coat in Bridge of Spies, and Somali pirates his ship in Cap­tain Phillips. He even played Ches­ley ‘Sully’ Sul­len­berger, the most-​skilled pilot who landed an air­plane full of pas­sen­gers on the East River. Speak­ing of pas­sen­gers, his char­ac­ter was stranded for months at JFK air­port in The Ter­mi­nal.

But Tom Hanks’s most famous movie involv­ing dis­as­trous travel is Cast Away (2000), where he plays Chuck Noland, a FedEx exec­u­tive who spends years talk­ing to a vol­ley­ball named Wil­son while stranded on an island some­where in the Pacific:

Tom Hanks loves “you can’t get there from here” plots.

It’s all enter­tain­ment, and he does it very well. So does Den­zel Wash­ing­ton, also in the same gen­er­a­tion, but if I’m ever at Lowe’s and Den­zel comes in fol­lowed by five Rus­sians, I’m drop­ping every­thing and head­ing out the door.

Just in case.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and I’m taking a break from politics, which always includes watching a movie.

I’ve been a Tom Hanks fan since his Bosom Buddies days (1980-1982, that’s how old I am), a series oddly prescient of some of today’s headlines,

Two young single ad men must disguise themselves as women to live in the one apartment they can afford.

Hanks went on to star in dozens of movies, many of which involve travel-related mishaps.

Hanks’s mismatched shoes at the airport get him into trouble in The Man With One Red Shoe. He goes to the boardwalk as a child and turns into a grownup in Big. He has a fateful car accident in The Bonfire of the Vanities. He and Gary Sinise nearly get blown to smithereens twice – first in battle, later in a hurricane – in Forrest Gump, and let’s not forget when he and Meg Ryan came thisclose to being human sacrifices in Joe Versus the Volcano.

As Hanks’s career took off, he starred as astronaut Jim Lovell in Apollo 13, where he said one of cinema’s  most-quoted lines, “Houston, we have a problem,” after the capsule sprung an oxygen leak and lost power following an on-board explosion:

Hanks was hounded by a cabal which counted as a member a self-flagellating albino in The Da Vinci Code. East German punks stole his coat in Bridge of Spies, and Somali pirates his ship in Captain Phillips. He even played Chesley ‘Sully‘ Sullenberger, the most-skilled pilot who landed an airplane full of passengers on the East River. Speaking of passengers, his character was stranded for months at JFK airport in The Terminal.

But Tom Hanks’s most famous movie involving disastrous travel is Cast Away (2000), where he plays Chuck Noland, a FedEx executive who spends years talking to a volleyball named Wilson while stranded on an island somewhere in the Pacific:

Tom Hanks loves “you can’t get there from here” plots.

It’s all entertainment, and he does it very well. So does Denzel Washington, also in the same generation, but if I’m ever at Lowe’s and Denzel comes in followed by five Russians, I’m dropping everything and heading out the door.

Just in case.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog