Friday 21 October 2016

'I am offended as a man....It's wrong, period' - Tom Hanks condemns Donald Trump over remarks about women

Susan Griffin and Lucy Mapstone

Published 12/10/2016 | 20:09

Tom Hanks has said he is "offended as a man" by recently-unveiled remarks about women made by US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Mr Trump was heard talking about making a pass at a married woman, and also his attempts at trying to kiss others in a tape recording from 2005.

He was heard saying: "I am automatically attracted to beautiful women. I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss, I don't even wait... and when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."

"Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything."

The Republican politician apologised for his comments and dubbed them "locker room talk" at the presidential debate days later against his opponent Hillary Clinton.

Academy Award-winning American actor Hanks told Press Association that Mr Trump's remarks were "not right".

Tom Hanks attending a photocall for his new film Inferno
Tom Hanks attending a photocall for his new film Inferno

He said: "He was at work. He wasn't in a locker room, he was at work. He was showing up to do a thing on camera.

"I am offended as a man. I'm not offended as a husband or a father; I'm offended as a guy."

He added: "It's not right, I'm sorry. It's not right at work. it's not right in the locker room. It's wrong, period."

Hanks, who is promoting his new movie Inferno, in which he reprises his role as Robert Langdon in author Dan Brown's latest adaptation, compared politics to a "circus" and said the current US election is "crazy this year".

He said: "[Politics is] kind of like, if you have a horrible painful tooth and you need a root canal, who are you going to go see? A guy who says 'Oh, I think I can figure out how to do a root canal for you, lay down?'

"Or are you going go see somebody who has done 6,000 of them and has a degree on the wall and has a great history and expertise when it comes down to it?

"That's always the allegory for the option you make for whoever you are going to go for."

Hanks added: "It does come down to some pretty basic questions: where are you going to place your faith as far as the future of the country goes?

"You have always got to vote for what the future is. If you care about it, that what you have to do."

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