"... I met Tom Hanks in Idaho in 2002, and he started out, 'I love your book.' I thought, well, OK. Then he reached down and picked up his copy of the book, which was all underlined, had marginal notes with Post-It notes sticking out of it. It became very clear quickly he had not only read the book, but studied the book. ... I knew he'd do it right. He's a solid, very talented man. I was willing to say 'Yeah, go ahead.' "
"Obviously, you've met a zillion famous people. But is there anyone famous you'd like to meet who you haven't met yet?
I've been asked this for years, and I always said Tom Hanks was somebody I'd love to meet – but I met him this year .
No kidding? Where?
It was really cool. My wife and I were at an event after the Phoenix win, and I saw him and said hi to him. He couldn't have been a nicer guy."
"The man is a space enthusiast, he was a closet astronaut. I went to an interview with Ron Howard after he bought the option. This was before anybody was on board. We talked for over 5 hours. At the end he asked who do you want to play your part? I didn't know mcuh about actors or actresses, but I had just seen Dances With Wolves so I said how about Kevin Costner. Needless to say Tom has kidded me ever since. He is a wonderful gentleman and most important a true friend."
Louis Venditti (WWII Veteran)
"He was very, very friendly and ordinary. Just like everyone else."
Lyndell Quiyou (Hair stylist)
"Tom is such a great person to work for. He keeps the set up-beat and happy, and is a pleasure because he doesn’t do hundreds of takes. He tries to make the things as convenient as possible for the crew."
"He is exactly the man I had expected: kind, funny, humble, and honorable."
Peter Sagal (“Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!” host)
"It’s really hard to choose. We had Tom Hanks, and that was a tremendous honor. He was incredibly charming, but he is Tom Hanks".
"Here's what I recognized instantly in Tom when I met him: He's a great actor because he's a great person."