Tom Hanks Says He Won’t Take The Oscar-Winning Philadelphia Role Today

Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his performance in Philadelphia in 1993 but has revealed why he wouldn’t take the role if he was offered today

Tom Hanks Starring in 1993's Philadelphia Film
Tom Hanks Starring in 1993’s Philadelphia Film

Tom Hanks has admitted he wouldn’t take the role of Philadelphia, the role that would have earned him an Oscar, if he were offered today.

The 65-year-old actor played a gay man living with HIV in the 1993 film but said he understands he can’t play the role now.

Talking to New York Times Magazine, the Hollywood star said: “Let’s settle, ‘Can a straight man do what I did in Philadelphia now?” No, and rightly so. ”

He plays lawyer Andrew Beckett, a gay man who is fired from his job at a law firm after his bosses find out about his sexuality.

He revealed that the movie’s message was not to be afraid and stated that “one of the reasons people aren’t afraid of the movie is that [he] played a gay man”.

Tom Hanks in Philadelphia in 1993


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Tom continued: “We’re beyond that now, and I don’t think people will accept the inauthenticity of a straight guy playing a gay guy.”

“It’s not a crime, it’s not boohoo when someone says we’re going to ask for more than one movie in the realm of modern realism. Do I sound like I’m preaching? I didn’t mean it.”

Actor Forrest Gump called the production a “trendy movie” and admitted that it might not have been possible in this day and age because social media would have picked it out.

While accepting the Oscar for Philadelphia, Tom talked about the number of deaths caused by HIW/AIDs.

He said at the time: “I know that my work in this case is magnified by the fact that the streets of heaven are so crowded with angels.

“We know their names. They numbered a thousand for each one of the red ribbons we wore here tonight. They finally rested in the warm arms of their benevolent creator towards us. all of us.

“A healing embrace calms their fever, cleanses their skin, and allows their eyes to see the simple, obvious, common-sense truth displayed by our benevolent creator and by the gods. wise men on paper, tolerant men, in the city of Philadelphia 200 years ago.”

Tom Hanks Wins Oscar For His Role In Philadelphia


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The actor’s latest role sees him playing Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis.

He also revealed why he decided to leave the world of Twitter, explaining that he felt the social media platform was “an empty exercise”.

“I give myself enough attention,” he said. “But I’ll also post something silly like ‘Here’s a pair of shoes I saw in the middle of the street’ and the third comment would be, ‘F*** you, Hanks.'”

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