Aston Villa: Paul Lambert and players speak about meeting Tom Hanks
July 26, 2012
Have you got any advice for playing Forest next week, Mr Hanks?
When Paul met Tom is a far-fetched plot Hollywood would be proud of.
But Villa’s manager was delighted to roll out the claret and blue carpet for the megastar supporter in Portland.
Lambert was struck by the humility of Hanks and the world-renowned actor’s enthusiasm for all things Villa during their pre-match chat on the touchline at the Jeld Wen Field.
“He’s really good, he’s a really humble guy from what I saw when I spoke to him.“
“There’s not too many times in your life you actually meet people of that stature and I was really fortunate to meet him. He spoke to me about Villa.“
“I asked him how it came about and how he’s a fan of Villa and he told me a little bit of the background of it.“
“He’s a really nice man for the stature he is and the world star he is.“
“The players would have seen him because he was on the pitch before the game. But I don’t think they got the chance to talk to him. He’s a world star.”
Matthew Lowton revealed the team thought it was a wind-up when one of the players said Hanks, one of Tinseltown’s most famous figures, would be in attendance.
“It was very surreal seeing Tom Hanks in the tunnel before the game,” said Lowton.
“To have such a massive film star like that supporting the team is great.“
“On the bus when we pulled up one of the lads said Tom Hanks is coming and everyone just laughed it off.“
“When we saw him we were all taken aback because obviously he’s such a huge star.“
“We saw him in the tunnel just as we were walking on and he wished us good luck.“
“I didn’t know he was a Villa fan.”
Hanks and Black Sabbath Bassist Geezer Butler, another celebrity Villa fan, posed with both teams before kick-off on a star-studded evening in the Rose City.
“I’m a major fan of his, I think we all are,” added Lowton.
“He’s had some fantastic movies over the years. I think we reeled off ten to 15 fantastic films he’s done and that’s just off the top of our heads. So for someone as big as that to come and watch us is brilliant."
Source : Birmingham Mail