Sunday 25 February 2018

Tom Hanks pledges 'a little too much beer' at 60th birthday celebrations

Tom Hanks attending the premiere of A Hologram For The King at BFI Southbank, London
Tom Hanks attending the premiere of A Hologram For The King at BFI Southbank, London

Tom Hanks has said he feels half his age as he looks forward to celebrating his 60th birthday with "a little too much beer".

The Oscar-winning actor said he has always felt younger than his years and that reaching 60 in July will be a "fabulous" milestone.

"I feel like I'm 32 years old, and when I was 32 I felt like I was 24, and when I was 24 I felt like I was 16, so it all works out, doesn't it?" he said.

"I know I'm 60, it's a fabulous number. After 24 it's just a reason to get together with friends and maybe drink a little too much beer, and I vow on July 9, I'll do that very thing."

Hanks was speaking at the premiere of his latest comedy-drama, A Hologram For The King, in which he plays a washed-up, unsuccessful businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia in hope to sell his new hologram technology to the king.

"Every day we take an action in some aspect of our life that could be our downfall," he warned at the BFI Southbank in London.

"If you don't call it right, you could put yourself in a hole that takes you a long time to get yourself out of."

Based on Dave Eggers' best-selling novel by the same name, the film is Hanks' second collaboration with Tom Tykwer since the director's adaptation of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas.

Speaking about their friendship, Hanks said: "I love the guy. He and I just get along. The conversations we have are always challenging and yet we still have a great friendship.

"He taught me how to eat a great breakfast, which is, the blackest piece of bread you can have, a piece of cheese and a slab of meat. It powers you through the day."

Appearing alongside Hanks is actress Sarita Choudhury, who spoke about working with the Oscar-winning star.

"He's so funny, and then when you're doing a serious scene he'll come in and just be normal," she said.

"He's so present and it's all about you, it's not him. So you feel very relaxed."

But Hanks refused to be drawn on the fourth Toy Story film, saying: "Ah man, that's as locked down as Star Wars. If I did, I'd have Disney cops coming and putting me in a Disney van and taking me to Disney jail. I'm not allowed to say a thing."

A Hologram For The King is out May 20.

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