You may find it hard to believe, but it’s been almost thirty years since Tom Hanks made his feature film breakthrough in Ron Howard’s “Splash.” That film jumpstarted a career which first saw Hanks spend the rest of the ‘80s establishing himself as a leading man, mostly appearing in comedies. Now, not all of the films he made back in those days were a success, so it must have been surprising at the time to see Turner from “Turner & Hootch” soon catapult himself to the top of the A-list. He starred in some of the biggest films of the 1990s, won two Oscars, and managed to have that success carry over into the present day. And 2013 could perhaps be considered a “comeback year” for the man. “Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks” are among the best reviewed movies of Hanks’ career, at least in the past ten years. So, it’s only fitting that BAFTA decided to feature Tom Hanks in their “A Life in Pictures” series.
The 75-minute interview was conducted by Francine Stock last month, with Hanks talking at length about his four-decade-long career. Hanks discusses his early struggles as an actor and how Ron Howard gave him an important piece of acting advice before they went on to shoot “Splash.” He also reminisces about working with filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Nora Ephron, and Robert Zemeckis, and he mentions the controversy that surrounded the release of “Philadelphia.” It’s a very enlightening conversation altogether, and of course, Hanks is his usual affable, charming self.
You can view an eleven minute highlight video of the Q&A below, or you can visit BAFTA’s site where you can listen to the whole thing via Soundcloud (which we've included below too) or read the full transcript. It’s really a great in-depth look on the actor, so if you’re a fan of Tom Hanks’s work, you should definitely check it out. [BAFTA]