Sunday, 8 September 2019 Fans at the Toronto International Film Festival wore their red sweaters to welcome Tom Hanks, who portrays Mr. Rogers in the new film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” and Hanks joked about why he’s the perfect guy for the role. (Sept. 8)
Deadline reports that Tom Hanks is now once again in talks to play Gepetto in Robert Zemeckis’ remake of Disney’s Pinocchio. Insiders say negotiations are very early. Gizmodo reports Hanks read the script and reached out to Zemeckis to let him know he wants to do the film. Disney has always longed for Hanks to play the Geppeto. They approached him years ago when Paul King was attached to direct. That deal was never made. Hanks and Zemeckis’ have a long standing working friendship.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are officially Greek citizens. CNN reports the couple and their children became honorary Greek citizens last year. The Greek government honored Hanks for raising awareness about the 2018 fires that devastated areas near Athens and claimed the lives of more than 100 people Wilson is part Greek. Hanks is a Greek Orthodox convert. They have often been spotted spending their vacations in Greece, where they also own property on the island of Antiparos.