17 Small But Poignant Details In Tom Hanks Films That We Never Noticed Before

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Tom Hanks is a national treasure, and his movies are full of hidden details that you definitely have not noticed. From Forrest Gump, to Sleepless In Seattle, to Cast Away, Hanks has always (usually) been able to make a Splash at the box office and in our hearts. No matter if you've seen all his movies, or you're simply a fan of the legend himself, these small but poignant details from Tom Hanks' films are a must see.

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    Walt Disney's Two Finger Salute In 'Saving Mr. Banks' Is From Airbrushing Out Walt's Cigarette

    From Redditor u/twiggez-vous:

    In Saving Mr Banks starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, tribute is made to Walt's two-fingered salute as seen in many old photographs of him... In fact, this 'salute' was a result of cigarettes being airbrushed from Walt's portraits by Disney staff, in order to hide this habit from children visiting Disneyland.

    1,985 votes
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    The Medic In 'Captain Philips' (2013) Was Told To Treat Hanks Like A Real Patient

    From Redditor u/Tokyono:

    In Captain Phillips (2013), the medic in the infirmary scene was a real navy medic (Danielle Albert). The director told her to treat Tom Hanks like it was a "regular military exercise". The sequence was unscripted and improvised.

    1,803 votes
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    'Forrest Gump' Used Tom Hanks' Brother To Replicate Gump's Running Style

    From Redditor u/Tokyono:

    For Forrest Gump (1994), Tom Hanks' brother, Jim Hanks, doubled for him for the sequence where Forrest jogs across America. As Jim put it: “Tom had other doubles, but they couldn’t do the run,” he says, referring to Gump’s stiff, geeky stride. “That’s a stupid Hanks thing.”

    2,160 votes
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    What Hanks Says In 'Forrest Gump' When The Mic Cuts Out

    From Redditor u/cbushman1:

    In Forrest Gump (1994), when Forrest starts his speech and the microphones cut out and you can’t hear him. Tom Hanks said “Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.”

    2,153 votes
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    Hanks And The 'Apollo 13' Cast Had Racked Up More Simulated Zero-G Time Than Most Astronauts

    From Redditor u/Shamrock5:

    The zero-gravity scenes in Apollo 13 (1995) were filmed in NASA's "Vomit Comet" aircraft. By the end of filming, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Bacon had each amassed more "weightless time" than any astronaut in history... And just to be clear, I obviously don't mean that these actors have spent more time in true zero-G than real astronauts -- I just mean the simulated zero-G in the VC!

    1,539 votes
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    'Cast Away' Features No Music Until Hanks Is Leaving The Island

    From Redditor u/flurrfegherkin:

    In Cast Away there's no music until Tom Hanks realizes he's made it past the breakers and is leaving the island.

    1,662 votes