Today, there is little debate about classic Tom Hanks films. He won the Oscars for Philadelphia cream and Forrest Gump. Movies like Big, a full league, Apollo 13 and Save Private Ryan are the all-time favorites. A lot of people also love his 80s comedy series. No one is more surprised by this than Hanks himself.
Hanks was the guest of Clever podcast on October 31. While sharing stories about his early career with hosts Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Sean Hayes, Hanks discussed his film debut. Here is what he has to say about the films now considered “cult classics”.
Tom Hanks had a rough patch after “Splash”
Splash was a big break for Hanks. After his television series Bosom buddies, Hanks played the role of a leading man in a romantic comedy. He played a New Yorker who fell in love with a mermaid (Daryl Hannah). Splash was a beloved hit, but Hanks followed it up with comedies that were less so.
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“Splash was a good review and I don’t think I got another decent review for about, I don’t know, six or seven movies, ”Hanks said. “Now you read about them and they are ‘cult classics’. What? Is it a cult classic now? This did not happen at the time.
Tom Hanks’ 6-7 films after ‘Splash’
So let’s watch the six or seven movies that Hanks made afterwards Splash. Bachelor party can rightfully be a cult classic. You can imagine any groom enjoying cinematic debauchery before their upcoming nuptials. It also starred the late Tawny Kitaen as Hanks’ fiancé.
The man in the red shoe had mistaken Hanks for a corrupt CIA contact. Great idea, but it wasn’t very funny. Volunteers teamed up with Hanks with John Candy and his future wife, Rita Wilson. Hanks played a pampered Yale graduate who joined the Peace Corps. to escape the debt collectors. Also a fun idea that failed, but maybe people revisit it to see Hanks and Wilson together.
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The Money Pit is a funny movie that is relatable enough for any owner. Hanks and Shelley Long buy a house whose renovation proves nothing but problems. Nothing in common was Hanks’ first opportunity for more serious dramatic comedy as Jackie Gleason’s son. Although he was not as acclaimed as Grand, Philadelphia Where Forrest Gump, there’s probably a good heart in there.
Every time we say goodbye is a mystery. It may have been Hanks’ first war film. He played a pilot in love with World War II. It’s also arguably his least-seen movie, so it might just be a gem. Then Dredge was a solid studio comedy. Remaking an old TV show like a comedy would work for 21 rue du saut and Starsky & Hutch decades later. Even without Dredge, a cop buddy movie starring Hanks and Dan Aykroyd might not be a classic, but it’s a lot of fun. Hanks’ next movie would be Fat.
Credit where credit is due for these “cult classics”
Hanks has a perspective and a sense of humor about his older films. He still had to work, and not all movies are filmed. Fat also didn’t immediately send Hanks into the big leagues. He followed this up with Punchline, The ‘Burbs, Turner & Hooch and Joe against the volcano. Joe was a misunderstood classic, but Hanks once said he didn’t consider any of them underrated. However, he told Arnett, Bateman, and Hayes that he had nothing against the people who made those early films.
“I don’t want to overlook some of the good things,” Hanks said. “I met some great people and we did some really funny stuff that really worked. It was always fun to do.
Source: Clever Podcast