Taraji P. Henson Would’ve Played “A Tree or a Rock” to Act Alongside Tom Hanks

In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, actress Taraji P. Henson talked about being cast in the latest Tom Hanks vehicle, Larry Crowne, and what it was like working with the legendary actor.

“Apparently, Tom wanted me involved,” recalled the 41-year-old. “So he called my manager and my manager called me and said, ‘Tom Hanks really wants you to be in his movie’ and I said, ‘Sure.’ And my manager was like, ‘Maybe you should read the script first,’ and I was like, ‘No, I don’t have to read the script, it’s Tom Hanks, that’s a no brainer. I don’t care, I could play a tree or a rock, it’s Tom Hanks.’”

Over the course of her decade-long career, Henson has had roles in 2005’s Hustle & Flow, 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and 2009’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself, among others. In Larry Crowne, which is in theaters Friday, she plays the neighbor of Hanks’ character, a middle-aged man who decides to re-enroll in junior college.

“It’s amazing working for him. The set is very stress free,” Henson said. “Even though he was director, producer, he co-wrote it, there was no tension. And I’ve been on sets where the director is just wearing that one hat and there’s just so much tension. And it was a low budget. And you know, you’re gunning it. It felt so easy, breezy, we laughed a lot on the set.”

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