Tom Hanks talks playing a bad guy

News Glen Chapman 16 Dec 2013 - 07:22
Tom Hanks looking a bit worried at the less-than-heavenly performance of the sequel to The Da Vinci Code.

Don't expect Tom Hanks to be playing a movie villain anytime soon...

It's safe to say that Tom Hanks is firmly established as one of Hollywood's nice guys – something that applies off screen as well as in his sizeable back catalogue of roles. He hasn't really played an out and out bad guy (the nearest he veered was arguably The Road To Perdition) and from the sounds of things he has little interest in doing so.

In a recent interview with Total Film, he said that "look, playing bad, I am not interested, ever". But why? "I don't want to see bad guys who are just bad, you know? Why are they bad? There are evil villains out there like, I don't know, Iago, that are intriguing to play. But bad guys do not look bad – they are like you or me. You could have a knife in your shoe, you know?"

Hanks went on to comment on his nice guy image, saying that "there's no substitute for absolute, complete, honesty. There are people out there that lie very easily. I refuse to accept that. If you lie to me, you're going to be in big trouble".

We will never lie to Tom Hanks. Not expect him in a Die Hard sequel...

Total Film

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