Tom Hanks At Screen Singapore: Charmed, I Must Say
There is much to be said about a confident man.
And when Oscar Award-winning actor Tom Hanks strode into the crowded press room at Capella Sentosa on June 11, he not only exuded an aura of cool assurance, he also managed to charm the media at the same time.
Taller in person and looking relaxed in his simple black polo shirt, 55-year-old Tom Hanks was accompanied by producer Gary Goetzman at the press junket. They were at Screen Singapore to promote the romantic drama Larry Crowne, which will open in USA theaters on July 1, 2011.
The movie (co-written, produced and directed by Tom Hanks) is about diligent, amiable Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) who decides to start over and attend the local college when he suddenly loses his job at a supermarket. There, he meets an eclectic bunch of classmates and develops a crush on his public-speaking class teacher Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts), who is also struggling with issues of her own.
The press conference started off with a cheerful Gary Goetzman telling us how he got to work with Hanks for “Larry Crowne”. Goetzman began, “When Tom wrote a script called That Thing You Do. Do you all remember that?” Many of the press folks chorused a loud yes. “I had the honour of producing it and we had a pretty good time together. So, we’ve been together ever since.”