Tom Hanks says 'Angels' doesn’t deserve to be 'demon'-ized

May 02, 2009

Tom Hanks will star in 'Angels and Demons.'

Tom Hanks wants the Vatican to know he hasn’t sinned.

Rome has already criticized “Angels & Demons,” in which Hanks stars, even though it doesn’t open until May 15.

“People will see there’s nothing sacrilegious about it at all,” the actor told us. “Yes, we had a few things go on that are completely fictionalized. But there’s no reason to have a big hurly-burly over what is essentially a whodunit. There’s no major theological discussion that goes on, other than science versus faith. There’s no winner in that argument. I just solve the murder.”

The Pope’s staff might not be happy that director Ron Howard defied bans and sneaked in cameras to shoot scenes within Vatican City. They couldn’t film in the Sistine Chapel so, Hanks says, “we re-created it in a beautiful way.”

Hanks himself was canonized the other night by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Among those turning out for his Chaplin Award tribute was Bruce Springsteen, who recalled meeting him in a men’s room after they’d both won Academy Awards for “Philadelphia.”

“We were comparing the size of our Oscars,” said the Boss. “Mine’s a little bigger.”

He added that, besides having “an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music,” Hanks “has the whole regular-guy thing going. It’s a shtick that I’ve perfected pretty well myself. ... He’s actually a very, very strange man.”

Kidding aside, Springsteen said that, thanks to “Tom’s relentless decency,” he’s “come to exemplify America’s idea of itself.”

Source : NY Daily News