Tom Hanks speaks out on nepotism controversy in Hollywood

In the last few weeks of 2022, movie fans started talking online about nepotism in Hollywood — and in a new interview, award-winning actor Tom Hanks more or less acknowledges that the phenomenon exists, but also dismisses it as not. relevant to the overall culture of the entertainment industry. Hanks calls acting in Hollywood a “family business” and likens it to taking your kids to a shop you run, saying that in the end it’s still talent that will win the day because it doesn’t matter who you are when you bake none of it.

Hanks is currently promoting A man named Otto, in which he stars alongside his son Truman. Hanks’ son Colin has also been acting consistently in Hollywood since the 1990s, making his feature film debut as a small role in That what you do!a movie starring and directed by Tom Hanks.

“Look, this is a family business,” Hanks said The sun. “This is what we’ve always done. It’s what all our kids grew up doing. If we were a plumbing company or if we ran the flower shop down the street, the whole family would put time into it at some point.” even if it was just inventory at the end of the year.”

That said, he argues that ultimately you only get in if you have connections, and everyone needs to earn their place at the table if they hope for long-term success.

“The thing that doesn’t change no matter what, no matter what your last name is, is whether it works or not. That’s the problem when any of us try to tell a new story or create something that has a beginning and a middle and a end. It doesn’t matter what our last names are. We have to do the work to make that a real and authentic experience for the audience.”

To Hanks’ credit, his own children seem like proof that his comments have some credibility. After all, his daughter Elizabeth started in Hollywood a few years before Colin, but never rose to stardom and rarely works on major projects (her latest credit was a small voice role in Greens of the big city). And with Truman Hanks… well, it’s a little more complicated.

So far, Truman’s IMDb page reads more or less exactly as you’d expect from a young, aspiring actor. He worked in small crew roles on projects such as Babylon Berlin, News of the worldand Black Widow (among others) and has only two relatively minor acting roles (in News of the world and A man named Otto). From the outside, that certainly reads like the traditional Hollywood story of an actor who started out as a production assistant and worked his way up to the audition room — except, of course, that both of his acting roles were in films starring his father. and the main draw of the movie. That changes the math because there was someone there holding the audition room door open for him.

Ironically, the “fake baby” controversy began as a niche “movie Twitter” argument and has grown into a topic in wider culture, in part because beloved actors like Hanks and Jamie Lee Curtis have tried to downplay it. The extent to which it will have any bearing on the fact that it’s an internet conversation that makes some movie stars feel bad for a few weeks is anyone’s guess.

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