Tom Hanks On Coronavirus Pandemic: ‘There Is A Half That We Can All Play’ | NBC Nightly Information

published on July 8, 2020

IN AN INTERVIEW TODAY I BEGAN BY ASKING HIM HOW THE COUPLE’SI BEGAN BY ASKING HIM HOW THE COUPLE’S RECOVERY HAS GONEHOW THE COUPLE’S RECOVERY HAS GONE >> WE WERE DONE WITHRECOVERY HAS GONE >> WE WERE DONE WITH OUR DISCOMFORT, OUR>> WE WERE DONE WITH OUR DISCOMFORT, OUR SYMPTOMS BACK INOUR DISCOMFORT, OUR SYMPTOMS BACK IN MARCHSYMPTOMS BACK IN MARCH WE HAD VERY DIFFERENT

MARCH WE HAD VERY DIFFERENT SYMPTOMSWE HAD VERY DIFFERENT SYMPTOMS THEY WERE NOTSYMPTOMS THEY WERE NOT PLEASANT, I WILL TELLTHEY WERE NOT PLEASANT, I WILL TELL YOU, BUT THEY WERE NOTPLEASANT, I WILL TELL YOU, BUT THEY WERE NOT LIFE THREATENING, IYOU, BUT THEY WERE NOT LIFE THREATENING, I WILL SAY

LIFE THREATENING, I WILL SAY >> THE SURPRISING NEWSWILL SAY >> THE SURPRISING NEWS THAT TOM HANKS AND HIS>> THE SURPRISING NEWS THAT TOM HANKS AND HIS WIFE, RITA WILSON,THAT TOM HANKS AND HIS WIFE, RITA WILSON, WERE SICK ANDWIFE, RITA WILSON, WERE SICK AND QUARANTINED WITHWERE SICK AND QUARANTINED WITH COVID-19 PUT A

QUARANTINED WITH COVID-19 PUT A FAMILIAR FACE TO THECOVID-19 PUT A FAMILIAR FACE TO THE RAPIDLY EXPLODINGFAMILIAR FACE TO THE RAPIDLY EXPLODING VIRUSRAPIDLY EXPLODING VIRUS DID YOU FEEL, EVEN ASVIRUS DID YOU FEEL, EVEN AS YOU WERE SUFFERINGDID YOU FEEL, EVEN AS YOU WERE SUFFERING FROM THE SICKNESS, DID

YOU WERE SUFFERING FROM THE SICKNESS, DID YOU FEEL THISFROM THE SICKNESS, DID YOU FEEL THIS RESPONSIBILITY TO BEYOU FEEL THIS RESPONSIBILITY TO BE OPEN WITH PEOPLE ABOUTRESPONSIBILITY TO BE OPEN WITH PEOPLE ABOUT IT?OPEN WITH PEOPLE ABOUT IT? >> WELL, WE THOUGHTIT? >> WELL, WE THOUGHT THERE WAS AN

>> WELL, WE THOUGHT THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKETHERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE AWAY ANY SORT OFOPPORTUNITY TO TAKE AWAY ANY SORT OF MYSTERY AND STIGMAAWAY ANY SORT OF MYSTERY AND STIGMA WE WERE SURPRISEDMYSTERY AND STIGMA WE WERE SURPRISED BECAUSE LIKE MANYWE WERE SURPRISED BECAUSE LIKE MANY PEOPLE, WE FELT AS

BECAUSE LIKE MANY PEOPLE, WE FELT AS THOUGH WE WERE APEOPLE, WE FELT AS THOUGH WE WERE A LITTLE PUNKYTHOUGH WE WERE A LITTLE PUNKY BUT WE DIDN’T THINKLITTLE PUNKY BUT WE DIDN’T THINK THAT WE WERE GOING TOBUT WE DIDN’T THINK THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE PART OF THETHAT WE WERE GOING TO BE PART OF THE BEGINNINGING INGING INGS WOFOF

BE PART OF THE BEGINNINGING INGING INGS WOFOF WORLDWIDE PANDEMICBEGINNINGING INGING INGS WOFOF WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC WE WERE CONCERNEDWORLDWIDE PANDEMIC WE WERE CONCERNED IMMEDIATELY, BECAUSEWE WERE CONCERNED IMMEDIATELY, BECAUSE RITA HAS SURVIVEDIMMEDIATELY, BECAUSE RITA HAS SURVIVED BREAST CANCER, I HAVERITA HAS SURVIVED BREAST CANCER, I HAVE TYPE II DIABETES

BREAST CANCER, I HAVE TYPE II DIABETES >> THEY REALIZED THETYPE II DIABETES >> THEY REALIZED THE REASON THEY CAN’T>> THEY REALIZED THE REASON THEY CAN’T FULLY PUT THE ORDEALREASON THEY CAN’T FULLY PUT THE ORDEAL BEHIND THEMFULLY PUT THE ORDEAL BEHIND THEM >> WE ARE FOUND OUTBEHIND THEM >> WE ARE FOUND OUT THAT WE HAVE FEWER

>> WE ARE FOUND OUT THAT WE HAVE FEWER ANTIBODIES NOW THAN WETHAT WE HAVE FEWER ANTIBODIES NOW THAN WE DID AT THE GET-GOANTIBODIES NOW THAN WE DID AT THE GET-GO SO THE — AS MANYDID AT THE GET-GO SO THE — AS MANY PEOPLE ON TELEVISIONSO THE — AS MANY PEOPLE ON TELEVISION NOW SAY, LESTER, I’MPEOPLE ON TELEVISION NOW SAY, LESTER, I’M NOT A DOCTOR, BUT WHAT

NOW SAY, LESTER, I’M NOT A DOCTOR, BUT WHAT WE’VE BEEN TOLD ISNOT A DOCTOR, BUT WHAT WE’VE BEEN TOLD IS THAT AS THE ANTIBODIESWE’VE BEEN TOLD IS THAT AS THE ANTIBODIES BEGIN TO FADE, IT’STHAT AS THE ANTIBODIES BEGIN TO FADE, IT’S POSSIBLE THAT WE WILLBEGIN TO FADE, IT’S POSSIBLE THAT WE WILL ONCE AGAIN BEPOSSIBLE THAT WE WILL ONCE AGAIN BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO

ONCE AGAIN BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO CATCHING SOME FORM OFSUSCEPTIBLE TO CATCHING SOME FORM OF THE CORONAVIRUS AGAINCATCHING SOME FORM OF THE CORONAVIRUS AGAIN >> APPROACHING 3THE CORONAVIRUS AGAIN >> APPROACHING 3 MILLION CASES IN THIS>> APPROACHING 3 MILLION CASES IN THIS COUNTRYMILLION CASES IN THIS COUNTRY DOES IT SHOCK YOU OR

COUNTRY DOES IT SHOCK YOU OR SURPRISE YOU THATDOES IT SHOCK YOU OR SURPRISE YOU THAT WE’RE DEBATING THINGSSURPRISE YOU THAT WE’RE DEBATING THINGS LIKE WHETHER WE SHOULDWE’RE DEBATING THINGS LIKE WHETHER WE SHOULD WEAR MASKS OR NOT?LIKE WHETHER WE SHOULD WEAR MASKS OR NOT? >> IT DISAPPOINTS MEWEAR MASKS OR NOT? >> IT DISAPPOINTS ME I DON’T GET IT

>> IT DISAPPOINTS ME I DON’T GET IT I SOME FROM AI DON’T GET IT I SOME FROM A GENERATION THAT WASI SOME FROM A GENERATION THAT WAS STILL LIVING WITH THEGENERATION THAT WAS STILL LIVING WITH THE CREDO THAT THERESTILL LIVING WITH THE CREDO THAT THERE ARE — THERE IS A PARTCREDO THAT THERE ARE — THERE IS A PART THAT WE CAN ALL PLAY

ARE — THERE IS A PART THAT WE CAN ALL PLAY IN ANY FORM OFTHAT WE CAN ALL PLAY IN ANY FORM OF NATIONAL EFFORTIN ANY FORM OF NATIONAL EFFORT I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOWNATIONAL EFFORT I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW SOMETHING AS SIMPLE ASI DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS DOING AS LITTLE ASSOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS DOING AS LITTLE AS WEARING A MASK, SOCIAL

DOING AS LITTLE AS WEARING A MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCING, WASH YOURWEARING A MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCING, WASH YOUR HANDS, ENTERS INTO ANYDISTANCING, WASH YOUR HANDS, ENTERS INTO ANY KIND OF FRAY OFHANDS, ENTERS INTO ANY KIND OF FRAY OF WHETHER OR NOT IT’SKIND OF FRAY OF WHETHER OR NOT IT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULDWHETHER OR NOT IT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULD ALL BE DOING IN ORDER

SOMETHING WE SHOULD ALL BE DOING IN ORDER TO TAKE CARE OF OURALL BE DOING IN ORDER TO TAKE CARE OF OUR CITY AND OUR COMMUNITYTO TAKE CARE OF OUR CITY AND OUR COMMUNITY AND EACH OTHERCITY AND OUR COMMUNITY AND EACH OTHER >> THE LATEST FILMAND EACH OTHER >> THE LATEST FILM PROJECT FOR HANKS,>> THE LATEST FILM PROJECT FOR HANKS, WHOSE FASCINATION WITH

PROJECT FOR HANKS, WHOSE FASCINATION WITH WORLD WAR II IS WELLWHOSE FASCINATION WITH WORLD WAR II IS WELL KNOWN, IS CALLED "GRAYWORLD WAR II IS WELL KNOWN, IS CALLED "GRAY HOUND," ABOUT THEKNOWN, IS CALLED "GRAY HOUND," ABOUT THE BATTLE OF THEHOUND," ABOUT THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC, THE LONGESTBATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC, THE LONGEST CAMPAIGN OF THE WAR

ATLANTIC, THE LONGEST CAMPAIGN OF THE WAR DO YOU FIND PARALLELSCAMPAIGN OF THE WAR DO YOU FIND PARALLELS BETWEEN WHAT WE’REDO YOU FIND PARALLELS BETWEEN WHAT WE’RE GOING THROUGH NOW?BETWEEN WHAT WE’RE GOING THROUGH NOW? >> WE WERE NOT MAKINGGOING THROUGH NOW? >> WE WERE NOT MAKING A MOVIE THAT WAS GOING>> WE WERE NOT MAKING A MOVIE THAT WAS GOING TO, I THINK, BE

A MOVIE THAT WAS GOING TO, I THINK, BE ADDRESSING THETO, I THINK, BE ADDRESSING THE SOCIOLOGICAL FORCES SSADDRESSING THE SOCIOLOGICAL FORCES SS BEHIND THE COVID-19SOCIOLOGICAL FORCES SS BEHIND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, BUT TURNSBEHIND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, BUT TURNS OUT WE WEREPANDEMIC, BUT TURNS OUT WE WERE IN 1941 IN THE MIDDLE

OUT WE WERE IN 1941 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ATLANTIC, WEIN 1941 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ATLANTIC, WE HAVE CHARACTERS THATOF THE ATLANTIC, WE HAVE CHARACTERS THAT HAVE NO IDEA HOW LONGHAVE CHARACTERS THAT HAVE NO IDEA HOW LONG THE STRUGGLE IS GOINGHAVE NO IDEA HOW LONG THE STRUGGLE IS GOING TO LAST, WHETHERTHE STRUGGLE IS GOING TO LAST, WHETHER THEY’RE GOING TO

TO LAST, WHETHER THEY’RE GOING TO SURVIVE LONG ENOUGH TOTHEY’RE GOING TO SURVIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE ITS CONCLUSIONSURVIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE ITS CONCLUSION MORE THAN HALF THESEE ITS CONCLUSION MORE THAN HALF THE WORLD NOW IS DEALINGMORE THAN HALF THE WORLD NOW IS DEALING WITH COVID-19WORLD NOW IS DEALING WITH COVID-19 WE HAVE NO IDEA WHEN

WITH COVID-19 WE HAVE NO IDEA WHEN IT IS GOING TO ENDWE HAVE NO IDEA WHEN IT IS GOING TO END AND I THINK THEIT IS GOING TO END AND I THINK THE PARALLELS ARE ASAND I THINK THE PARALLELS ARE AS HUMANLY ACCURATE RIGHTPARALLELS ARE AS HUMANLY ACCURATE RIGHT NOW AS THEY CAN

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