Hank-ering for fishhead noodles

June 12, 2011

SINGAPORE - He had charmed a roomful of journalists at a press conference in the morning at Capella Singapore. And two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks did a repeat performance last night amid cheering fans, on the red carpet at the Asia-Pacific premiere of his film, Larry Crowne.

In Singapore since Friday to promote the film he directed, co-wrote and starred in, Mr Hanks, 54, exclaimed, "It's beautiful, I love it!", when Today asked how he found Singapore. "I wish I had more days here. I've only seen the inside of cars and hotels."

He hopes to return. "What happens a lot of the time (is), you come for the first time ... you get the lay of the land, so the next time you come you know exactly what to do. So when they say 'Will you go to Singapore', I'll say 'Yeah but only if you let me go three days in advance'," said Mr Hanks, flashing a grin. "I gotta try that fish-head noodle shop!"

Larry Crowne was the closing film for the inaugural ScreenSingapore, an eight-day international film and trade event. Fans last night thronged the street outside the newly-renovated Shaw Lido cineplex for a glimpse of stars such as ScreenSingapore ambassador Zhang Ziyi, South-Korean heartthrob idol Lee Byung Hun, F4's Vanness Wu and Singapore's Chin Han.

Also helping to bring down the curtain on the festivities was the official ScreenSingapore Charity Gala held at the ArtScience Museum at the Marina Bay Sands.

Earlier in the day, Hanks had talked about the "undiscovered and massive potential" of filmmaking in South-east Asia. He said it would take time for global audiences to get familiarised with the Asian way of storytelling.

Still, "the technology is such that you can see any movie you want to. The natural inclination is to find stuff that's more removed from your standard knowledge. And I think that means there's going to be many more fans of Asian films in the United States," he said.  

By Genevieve Loh

Source : Today Online