Tom Hanks to Give Veterans a USO-Style Tribute

October 26, 2009

Visitors to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans next month are in for a new "4-D, multisensory experience." Its new film, Beyond All Boundaries, to be shown in the museum's new state-of-the-art theater, aims to give viewers a "you are there" feeling, from the sensation of snowflakes during the Battle of the Bulge to the gut-churning rumble of tanks across Europe. Executive Producer Tom Hanks got involved with the museum (called the National D-Day Museum until it was designated by Congress in 2004 as the country's official World War II museum) through the late historian Stephen Ambrose, who was an adviser to the actor while he was shooting Saving Private Ryan. Ambrose didn't charge for his assistance; instead, he asked for Hanks's help with fundraising for the museum. He got it. Hanks also recruited pals Brad Pitt, Tobey Maguire, and Patricia Heaton to do voice-overs for the new documentary, which draws on oral histories and old film reels to share the saga of America's World War II vets.

By Anna Mulrine

Source : Washington Whispers