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.
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