Tom Hanks may have won an Academy Award for his role as a gay lawyer fighting AIDS in 1993’s “Philadelphia” — but he doesn’t think his performance will go well today.
He said in an interview with “He’s right.” New York Times Magazinepublished Wednesday.
“Can a straight man do what you did in Philadelphia now?” he said. “The whole point of the movie ‘Philadelphia’ is fearlessness. One of the reasons people aren’t afraid of this movie is because I was playing a gay guy.”
“We’re past that now,” Hanks added.
“I don’t think people will accept the falsity of a straight man playing a gay man,” he continued. “It’s not a crime, it’s not boho, for someone to say we’re going to demand more of a movie in the modern world of authenticity. Do I sound like I’m preaching? I don’t mean to.”
Hanks earned a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in “Philadelphia” as Andrew Beckett, a gay lawyer with AIDS who fights discrimination in the workplace. Hanks earned his second Best Actor Oscar a year later for starring in the 1994 movie “Forrest Gump.”
In his acceptance speech for the movie “Philadelphia,” Hanks said his work on the movie “is amplified by the fact that the streets of heaven are so crowded with angels.”
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“We know their names,” he said. A thousand for each of the red ribbons we wear here tonight. They are at last resting in the warm embrace of the kind Creator of all of us – a healing embrace that cools their fever, clears their skin and allows their eyes to see the simple, self-evident, and logical truth shown by the loving Creator to us all and written by sages Tolerant Men, on Paper, in Philadelphia 200 Years Ago.
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