Tom Hanks Talks About His Restoration From Coronavirus And New Movie ‘Greyhound’ | TODAY

published on July 8, 2020

>>> WELCOME BACK>>> WELCOME BACKWE’RE SO EXCITED ABOUT THISSEGMENTWE HAVE TOM HANKSHE’S GOING TO BE JOINING USLIVE

ESPECIALLY AFTER WHAT’S BEENQUITE AN EVENTFUL 2020 FOR HIMAND HIS WIFE RITABEFORE WE CATCH UP WITH TOM,HERE’S A LOOK AT THEIREXPERIENCE WITH CORONAVIRUS AND

THE MONTHS THAT FOLLOWED>> Reporter: IT WAS A TWEET THATSHOOK THE WORLDBACK IN MARCH, TOM HANKS POSTEDTHAT HE AND WIFE RITA WILSON HADBEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CORONAVIRUS

WHILE FILMING IN AUSTRALIA>> I HAVE BEEN THE CELEBRITYCANARY IN THE COAL MINE FOR THECORONAVIRUS>> Reporter: THE FIRSTHIGH-PROFILE CELEBRITY COUPLE TO

SHARE WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO HAVECOVID, AN ILLNESS THAT WAS JUSTBEGINNING TO TAKE OVER THECOUNTRYTHEIR SYMPTOMS, DIFFERENTLOSS OF TASTE AND SMELL AND

FATIGUEWRITING ON SOCIAL MEDIA, WE FELTA BIT TIRED LIKE WE HAD COLDSAND SOME BODY ACHESRITA HAD CHILLS THAT CAME ANDWENT

SLIGHT FEVERS TOO>> I FEEL GREATAIMI’M BACK TO NORMALWE ARE STILL PRACTICING SOCIALDISTANCING BECAUSE WE WANT TO

SET A GOOD EXAMPLE>> Reporter: EVEN TACKLING THETOPIC WITH HUMOR ON "SNL" INAPRIL>> EVER SINCE BEING DIAGNOSED IHAVE BEEN MORE LIKE AMERICA’S

DAD THAN EVER BEFORESINCE NO ONE WANTS TO BE AROUNDME VERY LONG AND I MAKE PEOPLEUNCOMFORTABLE>> Reporter: HANKS HASCONSISTENTLY BEEN OUTSPOKEN

ABOUT HIS CORONA JOURNEYDONATING PLASMA TO COMBAT THEVIRUSSAYING IN AN INTERVIEW THIS WEEKWITH "THE GUARDIAN," THERE’SREALLY ONLY THREE THINGS

EVERYONE NEEDS TO DOWEAR A MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCE,WASH YOUR HANDSI DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW ANYONECAN PUT THEIR FOOT DOWN AND SAY,I DON’T HAVE TO DO MY PART

NOW FULLY RECOVERED, THE BELOVEDACTOR IS TALKING ABOUT ADIFFERENT KIND OF BATTLETHIS TIME ON THE BIG SCREEN INTHE NEW WORLD WAR II ACTION FILM"GREYHOUND"

WE’VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TOTHISWE NEED THIS MAN THIS MORNINGTOM HANKS JOINS US LIVEHEY, TOMHOW ARE YOU?

>> I’M VERY GOODVERY GOODTHANKS FOR HAVING ME>> YOU KNOW WHO’S BUMMED RIGHTNOW?SAVANNAH

COME ONYOU GUYS HAVE A THINGI FEEL A LITTLE GUILTY I’MTALKING TO YOU THIS MORNING>> DID YOU LOSE THE "TODAY" SHOWLOTTERY THAT YOU HAVE TO SLEEP

IN THE LITTLE SELF-INDUCEDQUARTERS AT THE ROCK?A LITTLE MINI BAR ANDREFRIGERATOR?I WORRY ABOUT THOSE KIDS OFYOURS

THEY ONLY GET TO SEE MOMMY ON TVFOR THE NINE HOURS YOU’RE ONEVERY MORNINGI FEEL BAD FOR THEM>> THE ONE THING YOU’RE RIGHTABOUT IS THE LITTLE BAR THEY

HAVE HEREI GOT TO REMEMBER, TOMI REMEMBER WE WERE SITTING INTHE STUDIO THE DAY THE NEWSBROKE THAT YOU AND RITA HADCORONAVIRUS

AND I GOT TO TELL YOU, WE SORTOF ALL HAD KIND OF A MINI HEARTATTACKIT WAS SCARY FOR US BECAUSE THATWAS IN THE VERY BEGINNING WHENWE DIDN’T KNOW ALL THE THINGS

ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUSHOW — IN THAT MOMENT, WERE YOUAND RITA, WERE YOU AFRAID?>> NO, WE WERE NOT, BECAUSE WEWERE FEELING EXTREMELY PUNKYI DON’T WANT TO DISMISS OUR

SYMPTOMSWE FELT ROTTENI HAD BODY ACHES, CRIPPLINGCRACKING BODY ACHESBUT WHAT WE WERE MOSTLYCONCERNED WITH WAS AT THE TIME

IS WHAT IS NEXTTHE AUSTRALIAN OFFICIALS PUT USIN THE HOSPITAL AND THEY KEPTVERY STRICT ATTENTION ON OURFEVERS BECAUSE IF THEY HADSPIKED, WE WERE GOING TO BE IN

TROUBLEOUR LUNGS, BECAUSE IF THEY HADFILLED UP OR SCARRED, WE WEREGOING TO BE IN TROUBLEAND THE LEVELS OF OUR OXYGENTHAT IS WHAT THEY WERE DOING FOR

USBUT WHAT THEY WERE DOING FOROTHER PEOPLE WERE MAKING SURE WEWEREN’T PASSING IT ALONG TOANYBODY ELSEWE HAD THE CORONAVIRUS

WE WERE GIVING IT AWAY TOANYBODY THAT CAME WITHINDISTANCE TO USAND SO WE WERE — WE WERE INAWFULLY GOOD HANDS AND WE WEREVERY MUCH AWARE OF THAT WE WERE

MAYBE EXPLORING SOME BRAND NEWTERRITORIES ABOUT THE PERSONALAS WELL AS THE PUBLIC AS FAR ASHAVING COVID-19>> RITA IS A BREAST CANCERSURVIVOR

YOU HAVE DIABETES AND A STENT>> TYPE 2 DIABETESGO EASY ON ME, NOW>> WERE YOU CONCERNED GIVENTHOSE OTHER FACTORS THAT MAYBETHERE WAS SOMETHING TO WORRY

ABOUT THEN?>> FIRST QUESTION WE ASKED THEMEDICAL STAFF WHO CAME INCOMPLETELY COVERED IN PPEWE NEVER SAW ANYBODY’S MOUTHSFOR AN AWFULLY LONG TIME

WE LAID IT OUTIS THIS GOING TO BE A PROBLEM?AND THEY LOOKED AT US WITH ALLSERIOUSNESS AND THEY SAID, ITVERY WELL COULD BE>> WOW

WOWDO YOU HAVE ANY LASTING EFFECTS,TOM?>> OTHER THAN SMART ALECK KINDOF LIKE CUCKOO RESPONSES TO IT?NO

WHAT HAS LINGERED HERE IS THISSOCIETAL QUESTION, REALLY, OFDOING OUR PARTI DON’T WANT TO INVOKE — NOTEVERYTHING I SAY HAS TO BE TIEDTO SOMEHOW THE WAR EFFORT BACK

DURING WORLD WAR II, BUT THEREWAS A SENSIBILITY THAT PERMEATEDALL OF SOCIETY WHICH WAS DO YOURPARTWE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHERAND THAT MEANT DOING YOUR PART

MEANT THERE WAS A TINY BIT OFSTUFF THAT YOU COULD DO IN ORDERTO AID THE ONGOING EFFORT THATHAD NO SIGN OF ITS CONCLUSIONWORLD WAR II WENT ON FOR ANAWFULLY LONG TIME, A BIG PORTION

OF EVERYBODY’S LIVESAND WE DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOINGTO HAPPEN WITH COVID-19THE IDEA OF DOING ONE’S PART,THOUGH, SHOULD BE SO SIMPLEWEAR A MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCE,

WASH YOUR HANDSTHAT ALONE MEANS YOU ARECONTRIBUTING TO THE BETTERMENTOF YOUR HOUSE, YOUR WORK, YOURTOWN, YOUR SOCIETY AS A WHOLEIT’S SUCH A SMALL THING

AND I DON’T — I DON’T — IT’S AMYSTERY TO ME HOW SOMEHOW THATHAS BEEN WIPED OUT OUT OF WHATSHOULD BE ENGRAINED IN THEBEHAVIOR OF US ALLSIMPLE THINGS

DO YOUR PART>> YEAHIT DOES SEEM BASICHOW DO YOU THINK THE COUNTRY’SRESPONDED, TOM?>> WELL, I THINK A HUGE MAJORITY

OF AMERICANS GET ITTHERE IS — LOOKTHERE’S NO LAW IN PLACEIT’S NOT ILLEGAL TO HAVEOPINIONS THAT ARE WRONGI THINK YOU FLOUT A NUMBER OF

REALITIES WHEN TWO AND TWO DON’TADD UP TO FOURAND GRANTED THIS IS A MYSTERIOUSTHING WHERE PEOPLE AREASYMPTOMATIC, DON’T KNOW THEYHAVE IT, DON’T FEEL BAD

BUT THERE IS A DARKNESS ON THEEDGE OF TOWN HERE, FOLKSAND IT IS — LET’S NOT CONFUSETHE FACTIT’S KILLING PEOPLEOKAY?

YOU CAN ARGUE WHAT THE NUMBERSAREIT’S NOT KILLING THAT MANYTHE NUMBERS HAVE GONE DOWN, ETCETERAYEAH, THAT’S RIGHT

IT’S KILLING PEOPLEAND YOU CAN SAY, WELL, TRAFFICACCIDENTS KILL AN AWFUL LOT OFPEOPLE TOOTRAFFIC ACCIDENTS HAPPEN BECAUSEA LOT OF DRIVERS AREN’T DOING

THEIR PARTTHEY’RE NOT USING THEIR TURNSIGNALSTHEY’RE DRIVING TOO FASTTHEY’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION TOTHEIR ENVIRONMENT

I DON’T KNOW HOW COMMON SENSEHAS SOMEHOW BEEN PUT IN QUESTIONIN REGARDS TO THIS>> YEAHI CAN TELL YOU’RE PASSIONATEABOUT THIS ONE

>> WELL, I’M JUST AN AMERICANWHO’S GETTING BY IN THE COURSEOF THE DAY>> YEAHYOU KNOW WHAT?IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING

THAT’S GOING ON, YOU HAVE BEENWORKING AND YOU BROUGHT UP WORLDWAR IIYOU HAVE THIS MOVIE COMING OUTCALLED "GREYHOUND"THIS IS REALLY A LABOR OF LOVE

FOR YOUYOU’VE BEEN WORKING ON IT FORTEN YEARSIT’S COMING OUT AND IT’S NOTCOMING OUT ON A BIG SCREENBECAUSE OF THE WAY LIFE IS NOW

IT’S COMING OUT ON APPLE TVAND I GOT TO SAY, I MEAN, IWONDERED IF YOU WERE A LITTLEBUMMED ABOUT THE FACT THATPEOPLE WEREN’T GOING TO BE ABLETO SEE THAT THE WAY I THINK IT

WAS PROBABLY INTENDED ON THISEPIC SCALE>> WELL, I’M ACTUALLY THRILLEDTHAT APPLE TV IS MAKING ITPOSSIBLE FOR EVERYBODY TO SEEIT

NOT ONLY WORLDWIDE AS LONG ASYOU HAVE APPLE TELEVISION BUTALSO THE DAY AFTER MY 64thBIRTHDAYTHANK YOUTHANK YOU, VERY MUCH

THIS IS A MAGNIFICENT GIFT FORUS BECAUSE OF APPLEBECAUSE COVID-19 DID SOMETHINGHEART BREAKING TO US ALLIT CLOSED DOWN THE THEATERSWE DON’T HAVE THE CINEMA

THERE ISN’T ANYBODY THAT DOESN’TLIKE GOING TO SEE A GOOD MOVIEWITH 800 OTHER PEOPLE WITHSOMETHING IN COMMONBARRING THAT, APPLE TELEVISIONHAS SAVED THE DAY FOR US

WE HAD A MAGNIFICENT MOVIE THATWAS NOT GOING TO BE SEENAND BECAUSE OF REALITY I THINKAPPLE IS A BENEVOLENT STREAMINGSERVICE IN EVERY WAY, IT’S GOINGTO BE AVAILABLE AND VIEWABLE

OTHERWISE WE WOULD HAVELANGUISHED IN A VAULT FOR AMOVIE THAT — LOOKIT’S 88 MINUTES OF A CINEMATICSTORY THAT SPEAKS TO WHAT WE’REGOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW

WE DIDN’T KNOW THAT AT THE TIMEWE MADE A FILMWE WERE TRYING TO MAKE A LEANVERSION OF PROCEDURES ABOUT HOWDIFFICULT IT WAS TO STAY ALIVEIN THE MIDDLE OF THE NORTH

ATLANTIC IN 1942BUT THE END RESULT IS THANKGOODNESS THAT THERE IS — YOUCAN PAY — HOW MUCH DOES APPLETV COST?STAFF?

WHAT IS IT?FIVE BUCKS?IT’S A MAGNIFICENT DEALAND WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TOFILL UP THE SCREENS IN THELIVING ROOMS AND BEAN BAG CHAIRS

OF THE WORLD ALL IN ONE SHOTSO WE FEEL AS THOUGH WE WERERESCUED AT SEA BY A CONVOY WITHA BIG APPLE LOGO WITH A BITETAKEN OUT OF IT>> YOU PLAY CAPTAIN ERNIE CROUSE

AND YOU PLAY — IT’S THE PERFECTROLE FOR YOUI KNOW IT WAS WRITTEN BY YOU,BUT IT’S PERFECT FOR YOU>> WELL, ADAPTED BY METHERE’S A NOVEL CALLED "THE GOOD

SHEPHERD"I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED BYTHIS PHYSIOLOGICAL POSITION OFSTATUSPEOPLE THOUGHT THE WAR WAS GOINGTO GO ON FOR TEN YEARS AND THEY

WERE EXTREMELY BAD GUYS ON BOTHCOASTS THAT WERE ENSLAVING THEIRHALF OF THE WORLDSO GOING BACK, FINDING THE NOVELWAS LIKE FINDING LITERALLY THETIP OF THE PYRAMID THAT I’VE

ALWAYS BEEN TRYING TO EXAMINEHERE WHICH IS PUTTING ANYBODYWHO SEES THE MOVIE INTO THISVERY SPECIFIC POSITIONWHAT WOULD I DO IF I WAS IN THATSAME CIRCUMSTANCE?

WOULD I CRACK UNDER THEPRESSURE?PEOPLE SAY WHY DO YOU KEEP GOINGBACK TO THAT ERA AGAIN?BECAUSE I KEEP GOING BACK TOEXAMINE THE HUMAN CONDITION OF

HOW DO — HOW DOES ONE DEAL WITHA PRESSURE THAT NEVER LETS UP?>> WOW>> HOW DO YOU GET BY THATCRACKING 48 HOURS OR 72 HOURS INWHICH YOU HAVE NO IDEA IF YOU’RE

DOING THE RIGHT THING?THAT FASCINATES ME>> WELL, THE FILM IS OUTPEOPLE ARE GOING TO LOVE TO SEEITBEFORE YOU GO, DO YOU HAVE

ANY — I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLEARE FEELING A LITTLE ANXIOUS INTHIS MOMENTWHENEVER I LOOK TO YOU, I THINKI BET HE’LL HAVE THE RIGHT THINGTO SAY

DO YOU HAVE ANY WORDS OF WISDOMBEFORE WE SAY GOOD-BYE?>> WELL, I WOULD LIKE TO BE FLIPAND JUST SAY THANK YOU, HODA,WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK AFTER THESEWORDS

YOU KNOW, LOOKI’M JUST A DUDE WHO STUMBLEDAROUND AND MADE A HECK OF ANUMBER OF MISTAKES, BUT I WILLSAY ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I’VELEARNED IS MORE SHALL BE

REVEALED, THIS TOO SHALL PASSYOU AND I AND I THINK EVERYBODYWATCHING THE "TODAY" SHOW RIGHTNOW REALLY ONLY HAS A WINDOW OFTHREE DAYS IN OUR LIVES THAT WECAN EFFECT A PLACE ON OUR

STATION IN THIS WORLDWE HAVE YESTERDAY THAT I THINKHAS PROVIDED US SOMEUNDERSTANDINGWE HAVE TODAY IN WHICH WE WAKEUP AND ARE PROACTIVE AND SEEK

SOMEHOW THE ABILITY TO DO OURPARTAND THEN THAT GIVES US A REASONTO HAVE FAITH IN TOMORROWTHAT’S SUCH AN EASY THING TO SAYTO PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING

THROUGH ALL SORTS OF ECONOMICINSECURITIESINSECURITIESI THINK IT’S A LITTLE PERHAPSPOLYPOLYLYANNA

POLLYANNAPOLLYANNAISH, BUT WE’RE IN THISTOGETHERAND THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN DOIN ORDER TO HELP OUR STREET, OURNEIGHBORHOOD, OUR TOWN, OUR

CITY, OUR STATE, OUR NATION>> WELL, TOM, WE LOVE YOUTHANK YOUGIVE OUR LOVE TO RITA AND LETHER KNOW –>> THANK YOU DPP YOU FIND MY

SECRET BOOK?DID YOU SEE IT ON MY BOOK?>> TOM WAS REARRANGING BOOKSI THINK IT WAS THE ALCHEMIST>> NOI’M GOING TO SHOW IT TO YOU

HOLD ON>> HOLD ONWHICH WAS WAS IT?LET’S SEEOH!>> GREEN EGGS AND HAM

>> LOVE ITLOVE IT>> AND IF YOU WANT, JUST AS YOUGO OFF TO A COMMERCIAL, I’LLBEGIN THE READING OF ITAND WE CAN ALL —

>> ALL RIGHTGOING INTO BREAK AS HE GOES>> YOU CAN FIND IT ON APPLEBOOKSI’M SURE IT’S AVAILABLE

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