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Tom Hanks Turns Down White House Invitation — Even Though He Hasn’t Received One

Dec 20, 2017  •  Post A Comment

In an interview about his new Steven Spielberg-directed movie “The Post,” which opens Dec. 22, Tom Hanks was asked by The Hollywood Reporter whether he would go to the White House to screen the movie if he were invited by Donald Trump.

“I don’t think I would,” Hanks answered. “Because I think that at some point — look, I didn’t think things were going to be this way last November. I would not have been able to imagine that we would be living in a country where neo-Nazis are doing torchlight parades in Charlottesville [Va.] and jokes about Pocahontas are being made in front of the Navajo code talkers. And individually we have to decide when we take to the ramparts.”

Hanks added: “You don’t take to the ramparts necessarily right away, but you do have to start weighing things. You may think: “‘You know what? I think now is the time.’ This is the moment where, in some ways, our personal choices are going to have to reflect our opinions. We have to start voting, actually, before the election. So, I would probably vote not to go.”

Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner, plays famed Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in the new movie, with Meryl Streep as The Post publisher Katharine Graham. In the THR interview Hanks discusses how the press is viewed in the age of Trump.

We encourage readers to click on the link above to THR to read the full interview.

12 Comments

  1. Tom, “Woody” would go to the White House. Your “Saving Private Ryan” character would have gone. Heck, Trump has done more for the economic condition of the Black Community in less than a year than Obama did in 8. I bet Martin Luther King would go (but Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Jon Lewis wouldn’t).

  2. Who cares what Hanks thinks about politics. He’s a person who specializes in being phony as he recites banter written by others. As he becomes more famous, he becomes more self important.

  3. It’s easy to be self righteous when your a multi-millionaire. Wish I had enough money to be self righteous about everything.

  4. Oh, and Tom, wait until you’re invited before turning the invite down… you arrogant a$$

  5. Trump is the biggest Prick of the Century (actually, for the last 200 years) …
    he is the biggest Fraud and Fiasco on a global scale … the only thing he
    is good at playing the pissed off masses from places like West Virginia …
    a young Adolf was the same way back in the early 1930s …

  6. People who have no real defense for their argument resort to cussing and cursing. I am sure that Jo and Tom will be donating their tax savings next year to the Clinton Foundation.

  7. I was certainly no fan of the last President but would have gone simply out of respect for the office.

    Thanks, Mr. Hanks, for showing yourself no different from the balance of the petulant children in Hollywood.

  8. Lies! I would totally go. Any questions?

  9. Bravo, Mr. Hanks. Your response was thoughtful, intelligent & astute.
    I did see the film earlier this week & it brought back memories of how Nixon & his
    administration lied to the American people. The good news was that freedom of the press triumphed
    due to the integrity, ethics & moral conscience of Americans. Congratulations to you & all involved
    for this timely and wonderfully executed film.

  10. Ha ha. Isn’t it wonderful how the Snowflake Repugnican conservitards cannot bear the truth spoken by one of the smartest, most truthful and most respected public figures in the world. In any other context, these ridiculous Trumptards would be praising Tom Hanks. What a passel of damn fools you Trump supporters are — especially proven idiots like “Sir William” and “Guilty Cleric” who have nothing better to do than continually spread their vomitous lies on TV Week comment areas. May all of you rot in hell, particularly when the 2018 mid-terms throw all of you onto the dungheap where you belong.

  11. Oh my god. You people who support Trump are the biggest idiots…sheesh.

  12. It is interesting to contrast the comments by Hanks with many of the comments in response. He makes the point that it is a “personal choice” based on one’s beliefs about when you need to take a stance. He does not resort to nasty name calling like so many of the comment

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