Hanks launches 'The Pacific'

March 04, 2010

Tom Hanks’s promotional trek for the HBO miniseries “The Pacific’’ brought him to the Hub last night for a special screening at the JFK Library and Museum. Among the invited guests was a group of veterans with whom the Oscar-winning actor bantered and posed for pictures on the red carpet. The 10-part series, premiering on March 14 and chronicling battles at Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima among others, is Hanks and co-producer Steven Spielberg’s second World War II-themed effort for HBO, following 2001’s “Band of Brothers.’’ Hanks said the pair may not be done yet, based on the volume of mail they get from veterans interested in seeing their tales told. He had to skedaddle before the screening to catch a flight to New York for more interviews, but Hanks was excited for the Oscars on Sunday night. “I don’t know what I’m presenting, but I’m presenting something,’’ he said. His only advice to co-hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin? “Don’t say [expletive].’’

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein

Source : Boston.com