Tom Hanks Admits He Couldn’t Play Gay ‘Philadelphia’ Character Today – Hollywood Life

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Tom Hanks65, has a unique perspective on her Oscar-winning performance in 1993. Philadelphia. In an interview with The New York Times Magazine, the acclaimed actor admitted that today he could not play the role of Andy Beckett, an openly gay lawyer who fights against AIDS. “And rightfully so,” Tom told the publication. “The goal of ‘Philadelphia’ was for you not to be afraid. One of the reasons people weren’t afraid of that movie is that I was playing a gay man. We’re beyond that now, and I don’t think people will accept the inauthenticity of a straight man playing a gay man.”

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Tom continued: “It’s not a crime, it’s not a boohoo, for someone to say that we’re going to demand more from a movie in the modern realm of authenticity. Do I sound like I’m preaching? It is not my intention. Tom won his first Oscar for Philadelphia at the 66th Academy Awards. The film, which also starred Denzel Washington, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio BanderasY Jason Robertsit was one of the first major Hollywood films to touch on the subject of homophobia and AIDS.

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Tom Hanks in ‘Philadelphia’ (Photo: Snap/Shutterstock)

Tom was also asked about 1994 Forrest Gump which earned him his second Oscar for Best Actor. he described Forrest Gump Y Philadelphia What “timely movies,” adding, “at the time, that you might not be able to do now.” he also defended Forrest Gump and said it It deserved the Oscar for Best Picture over popular films like Shawshank Redemption Y pulp fiction.

“The problem with ‘Forrest Gump’ is that it made a billion dollars,” Tom said. “If we had just made a successful movie, beto [Zemeckis] and I would have been geniuses. But because we made a wildly successful movie, we were evil geniuses. Is it a bad problem to have? No, but there are books of the greatest movies of all time, and ‘Forrest Gump’ doesn’t appear because, oh, it’s this cheesy nostalgia fest.”

Tom hasn’t won an Oscar since Forrest Gump. His next major film role is in Baz Luhrman‘s Elviswhere he plays Colonel Tom Parker, the former carnival worker turned music manager and promoter who helped discover elvis presley. austin butler plays the “King of Rock And Roll”.

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