What's the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of Tom Hanks? Is it that he's been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor five times? Or is it that he has two wins? Perhaps it's his seven Emmys or four Golden Globes? Naturally, it could be the litany of iconic films in which he portrays a hero.
But what about the roles where Tom Hanks is not the greatest guy in the room? Perhaps even a bit of a ne'er-do-well? Or something else un-Hanks-ian? Yes, those films do exist. Here is a look at the roles that are most unlike the man almost everyone in Hollywood loves.
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In A League of Their Own, Tom Hanks portrays Jimmy Dugan, a former major leaguer player turned heavy-drinking manager of a WWII-era women's baseball team. In the role, Hanks delivers a memorable performance as a washed-up ballplayer on the brink of a nervous breakdown, dripping with sarcasm and no hint of likability.
Using a quote still muttered by baseball analysts and fans alike, Hanks yells at sobbing rightfielder Evelyn Gardner (Bitty Schram), "Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!"
From telling an umpire that he looks like genitalia with a little hat on, to throwing a glove at Evelyn's son Stilwell, to signing a baseball for a young fan with the message, "Avoid the clap," Hanks's Dugan is a cranky caricature we don't often get to see him play.Is this un-Hanks?
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It's difficult not to root for Tom Hanks in any movie. However, even though his portrayal of FBI Agent Carl Hanratty technically puts him on the right side of the law, Leonardo DiCaprio's debonair turn as con man Frank Abagnale Jr. is who audiences want to succeed - even if he does go on to pass millions in bad checks. Hanratty, on the other hand, is dull and by the book to a fault.
During a scene where Hanratty is being harassed by two fellow agents for being mundane, Hanratty asks if the two would like to hear a knock-knock joke. Surprised, the FBI agents accept. Hanratty responds with a simple, “Go f*ck yourselves.”Is this un-Hanks?
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In Tom Hanks's directorial debut That Thing You Do!, the actor plays Mr. White, the manager of a 1960s rock 'n' roll band named The Wonders. A stern but fair representation of the record label he works for, White herds the band from coast to coast, making sure they achieve maximum fame in the shortest amount of time. Sadly, White does little to ensure any sense of longevity or inner cohesion within the band.
While White is quick to put his foot down to sort out any confusion among the quartet, his temper often takes charge. For example, in a scene where White is all business, he wakes up drummer Guy (Tom Everett Scott) with a phone call. White chastises the young man by yelling, "Good morning, Guy. We have a crisis here - your bass player has disappeared, and you are still in bed! Just calling to tell you to get your patootie down to the television studio! You're gonna be on TV tonight!"
Sadly, when the band is on its last leg, White offers only a few words of advice to Guy and soon disappears, on to the next musical group of which he can benefit.Is this un-Hanks?
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The most important thing to come out of the 1989 movie Turner & Hooch is that it inspired Tom Hanks to reevaluate the direction of his career and instead take the types of roles that have catapulted him to becoming an Oscar winner. However, before Hanks could plot a course to glory, he still needed to act opposite a Bullmastiff.
Police officer Scott Turner is all set to move to a big city to fight real bad guys when his friend Amos Reed (John McIntire) is offed, and the only witness is his drooling beast of a dog, Hooch. With Turner now on the case, he is forced to protect the dog. Turner, a bit of a neat freak, soon loses his composure with Hooch, and even resorts to chasing him with his side arm.
Although Hooch is instrumental in Turner solving the case, you'll never hear Hanks scream at a dog quite the way he does in this film.Is this un-Hanks?