We caught up with Tom Hanks as he and his wife Rita Wilson host The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) 26th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit Monday, September 19, 2016 at the Freud Playhouse, on the UCLA Campus.
He talks about his role in the play, the mix of Motown and Shakespeare and his unique twitter page of his glove encounters.
Tom Hanks Talks Twitter & Shakespeare
The hilarious Smokin’ Shakespeare Motown Much Ado offers an evening of improvised Shakespeare and song featuring a Motown soundtrack provided by Smokey Robinson, and a star-studded cast including Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Martin Short, and Christina Applegate gallivanting their way through a very condensed version of Much Ado About Nothing.
Since 1985, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles has been a vibrant hub of unique programs, performances and events designed to make Shakespeare accessible and engaging to all. For more information on the Simply Shakespeare benefit performance or SCLA, please visit www.ShakespeareCenter.org.
Tom Hanks has a number of film in theaters and coming soon. The most recent release is Sully which is the story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of the airplane flights 155 crew and passengers. He also has upcoming films such as Toy Story 4 and Inferno.
Some interesting trivia is that Tom Hanks is a third cousin, four times removed, of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Their common ancestors were John Hanks (1680 – 1740) and his wife, Catherine, who were the great-great-grandparents of Lincoln, and the six times great-grandparents of Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks is also a seventh cousin, once removed, of actor George Clooney (Catherine and John Hanks were the seven times great-grandparents of Clooney).
He also enjoys collecting typewriters, purchasing over 80 of them around the globe. His interest in them generated an idea for an iPad application that he developed called Hanx Writer, that simulates antique typewriters sound and feel. It was very successful and made it to top list on Appstore in August 2014.