Tom Hanks talks politics

April 24, 2008


f you can't bear to watch another analysis of the endless campaign feud between Barack and Hillary, check out the newly released DVD of Charlie Wilson's War starring Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman (who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as a rogue CIA operative). Hanks delivers a dead-on funny and thought-provoking portrait of the real-life Texas congressman who got involved in Afghanistan before Osama Bin Laden unleashed his reign of terror.

And Hanks has his own thoughts on running for office, being one of the most powerful A-list celebs and just trying to be a dad to his kids.

Could Charlie have run for President in today's high pressure, dog-eat-dog world of politics?
If he was running, I would vote for the guy because he's free of hypocrisy. I once asked him, 'How do you keep winning these elections? You did drugs. You drank. You chased women. You were a notorious drunk womanizer.' He said, 'Well, because I never lied about my behavior.' He never pretended to be something that he wasn't. That's a hard thing to do. I wish he was in Congress today."

Are you planning to endorse a candidate?
You live your politics. I don't think it's necessary for us, as celebrities, to go out to endorse candidates. I pay a lot of taxes. Of course, I should pay more taxes than anybody else. I drive an electric car. As far as being politically active, I think I'm politically practical. I live my life in a practical way that I guess is representative of my political choices.

Rumors are that what you'll get paid for the The Da Vinci Code sequel, Angels and Demons, will make you the highest paid actor in Hollywood.
Look, I'm going to get paid quite a bit of money in order to do that but there's no such thing as the highest paid actor. And I wouldn't be interested in holding that title. To me this isn't like work, to go off and pretend to be somebody else. There are some people that do it for power; there are some people that do it for fame. I'm not into it for those things.

Do your kids treat you like a superstar?
My kids are used to me being an actor. They don't think of me like a huge, big, massive thing. Dad usually comes home late, and then looks kind of goofy, depending on what role he's doing. I just hope that all my kids, my oldest and my youngest end up landing something that they just so totally enjoy so it's not like working. If it's show business like it is with Colin, then God bless him. Nothing I can teach him. He's just got to go out and figure it out himself.

How are you doing as a parent?
I'm making my own mistakes no matter how hard I try. I try to teach them to love, to wake up content in the morning and to chill out and don't spill soda on the sofa.

Have you learned any secrets about acting?
Honestly, it's the oldest lesson in the world -- just do it. Everything else is a distraction to your concentration and focus -- how late it is, how difficult it is, how uncomfortable it is, what the dialogue is. Those are all distractions to just getting up and doing it.

Source : Parade Magazine