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Tom Hanks calls out the 'crappiest film' he's ever made

Callum Jones

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Tom Hanks calls out the 'crappiest film' he's ever made

Tom Hanks is arguably the most famed actor and filmmaker of all time, and is known for some of the biggest - and greatest - movies ever made.

The American actor has been making and appearing in films for more than four decades and has received countless awards and accolades, which includes seven Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards.

As he has appeared in so many films, there are obviously a few on his resume that are not deemed as the instant classics.

Hanks has been brutally honest about this and has even called out what he thinks is the 'crappiest' movie he ever made.

This revelation was made back in 2001 during an interview with Oprah Winfrey for O, The Oprah Magazine, and as for the movie itself?

Well, according to Hanks, the 'crappiest' film he ever made was The Bonfire of the Vanities.

Tom Hanks in The Bonfire of The Vanities. Credit: Maximum Film/Alamy Stock Photo
Tom Hanks in The Bonfire of The Vanities. Credit: Maximum Film/Alamy Stock Photo

Directed by Brian De Palma, the drama told the story of an investment banker (Hanks) who gets into trouble as his mistress kills an African American teenager by mistake.

While it had clear potential, The Bonfire of the Vanities was a commercial and critical disaster for its makers - the film currently sits at an astonishingly low 16 percent with critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

While Hanks told Oprah 'it was It’s one of the crappiest movies ever made', he said he didn't regret doing it.

"If I hadn't gone through that experience, I would have lost out on something valuable," the Toy Story actor said.

"That movie was a fascinating enterprise from the word go. It was bigger than life, and for some reason it had a huge amount of attention on it.

"I can go to Germany, even now, and people will say, 'how come you don't make good, gritty movies like The Bonfire of the Vanities anymore?'

"They have no concept of what it meant to be an American and have that movie enter the national consciousness.

"Bonfire taught me that I couldn't manufacture a core connection."

He continued: "And it came along at the right time. When I was playing Sherman McCoy [in Bonfire], people stopped me on the street to say, 'You're not Sherman McCoy'.

Tom Hanks has been in movies for over four decades. Credit: Sydney Alford/Alamy Stock Photo
Tom Hanks has been in movies for over four decades. Credit: Sydney Alford/Alamy Stock Photo

"I was like, 'Oh, yeah?' I was going contrary to everything about the character and even the screenplay, but I kept telling myself, no, no, no—there's a way I can get into this."

When asked why he decided to take on the role, Hanks said: "Because I was asked to—and back then, that was still a big deal. I thought I could bullshit my way through."

Now 66, Hanks' career is still going strong and it's safe to say that The Bonfire of the Vanities is probably the only 'crappy' movie on his CV!

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Topics: Tom Hanks, TV and Film

Callum Jones
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