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Celebrities Who've Dared To Say Not-Nice Things About Tom Hanks

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Tom Hanks is often referred to as the nicest man in Hollywood. He's essentially America's husband and no one dares speak ill of him. His sparkly clean image and wholesome family movies have made him someone Americans (and the world) hold near and dear to their ever-so-fragile hearts. It's pretty much socially acceptable to have a picture of Tom Hanks framed on your end table at this point. For all we know, it may be a requirement in some places. He's is just that worthy.

So, how could anyone possibly hate Tom Hanks? It's not a question you've ever considered, let alone dared to ask aloud. But.. is that a thing? Is it even possible? Just letting the words "hate" and "Tom Hanks" slip from your lips feels like a sin.

But be honest with yourself. You f*cking hate his guts. Maybe you're part of the rare minority that harbors a searing spite for the voice of an animated cowboy. Your feelings shouldn't go unacknowledged. Even though it seems like there's no logical reason for the average person to actively and passionately hate the man behind Forrest Gump, the haters are out there. They are actively rooting for Hanks to fail. If you're one of them, you are not alone. All this time, you've felt so isolated.

Can Tom possibly as perfect and awesome as he's duped the world into thinking he is? Hanks has been relatively good at dodging controversy. There have been a few soundbites that caused some drama, but for the most part, Hanks is pure as can be. But those within the industry, those who have actually met Hanks, know him much better. And believe it or not, there are some (albeit few) who secretly hate Hanks.

Who are they? The silent minority. How do we know for certain that they hate Hanks the way you do? Well, there's no true way to tell, but there have been some heavy indicators. The famous people on this list have every reason to dislike Hanks. Maybe he slighted them, maybe he said something a little inflammatory. Either way, these celebrities don't particularly enjoy Hanks's seat on the Hollywood throne. In fact, they are doing everything in their power to overthrow the King of Husbands. Here are the celebrities who don't like Tom Hanks.
  • Henry Winkler and Tom Hanks's beef started on the set of Turner & Hooch. The Fonz, who actually fought Hanks in character for an episode of Happy Days, was set to direct the film. I bet he wishes that ass whooping had been the real deal, because Hanks later shiested the Fonz. Bad.

    Apparently, the two didn't get along very well, and Hanks ordered Winkler off set. Like, he just did that? He told someone that Winkler was kind of annoying and sucked, and they ripped his director's contract up right in his f*cking face? Only someone as powerful as Hanks could order such an execution. Winkler was ultimately dropped from the project, which he should honestly consider a blessing because no one even liked that movie (just see our list of the best Tom Hanks movies for proof). Winkler denied he hates Hanks, but let's be real: there's no coming back from that kind of drama.

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    Believe it or not, Hanks and Amy Poehler had a brief romance in the '80s, way before the actor settled down with his wife, Rita. And it looks like the relationship didn't end well. When Poehler hosted the Golden Globes, the comedian made a slight at Hanks by pronouncing his name wrong. She called him Tam Honks and gave some major side eye. Hanks was visibly confused, shrugging and mouthing "really?" from the audience.

    Although it seemed like a joke at the time, it was far from a joke to Poehler, who harbors loads of resentment over the feud. Asked about the incident, Hanks had this to say: "I haven’t spoken to Amy since we broke up in the ‘80s. We shared a small apartment in Eagle Rock for about six months. Before I met Rita, of course. Amy didn’t like my dog, and she stole some of my good records when she moved out (without so much as a goodbye). I’m happy for her success, but would not walk across the street to say hello to May Epolher, as I know her."

    Hanks's slap back hit hard. But honestly, Amy's the one who really came out on top in the end. She got to escape living in Eagle Rock, swiped a few solid vinyls, and never had to bear the responsibility of parenting Chet Haze.
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    Yet another reason to dislike Trump. Tom Hanks certainly won't be voting for Trump. And Trump won't be voting for Tom Hanks for Best Actor once he institutes his totalitarian takeover in 2017. Trump likely wasn't too happy with Hanks's choice of words when pressed about his potential presidency. "I think that man will be president right about the time when spaceships come down filled with dinosaurs in red capes," Hanks sneered. "Here's the problem: America's already great, so I don't know what he is talking about."

    Trump got a taste of his own medicine from America's husband, and it was most definitely served cold. When Trump becomes Supreme Leader, rest assured that Hanks will be the first one ripped from his slumber, driven to an undetermined location, and dropped into a hand-dug moat filled with poisonous snakes. 

  • When Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes back in 2011, many celebrities in attendance felt the comedian's jokes took a nasty turn. I mean, it's not like anyone really wanted Gervais to host the Globes. He was just the only one around. Hanks, visibly confused about why the board hadn't asked him to host, agreed with the majority and took the opportunity to gripe about the matter when he got onstage.

    Alongside his Toy Story co-star (and potential mortal enemy?) Tim Allen, Hanks said, "We recall when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby and kindly comedian." "Neither of which he is now," Allen backed up. Gervais gave an eye roll, but we all know he was feeling the burn.