Tom Hanks: “A lot of actors are nuts”

Tom Hanks clearly understands that actors can do great things, but they are not always able get the things they want to done; enter the role of producer which allows the actor more creative control over the end product.

With his new film, Larry Crowne, Hanks explains his decision to add the title of producer to his resume which already included actor, writer and director. “A lot of actors are nuts, and they don’t want to do the long-haul  diligence. My joke about producing is that it’s getting somebody to do something they don’t want to do, and telling somebody else they don’t get to do the thing they want to do. It’s not easy.”

Yet Hanks says he has no regrets about his decision to expand his on set duties. “I sought to be creative without being at the mercy of the phone. Most actors have to wait for permission to go out and do their job. And I didn’t want to be a guy who was sitting in Los Angeles waiting for a call. In order to change that, I needed to have alliance with people who knew how to make things work. I made those alliances [by forming] Playtone, and I was able to get back to my original  desire, and that was to answer the question, ‘How can we do this?’
One aspect of his producer role Hanks is not so keen on, is being responsible for accounting for every dollar spent while making the film. But in the end he feels it is worth the effort. ” ‘Band of Brothers’ is the best example. By that time, we were thinking we can take this [Stephen Ambrose] book, put it on HBO, and we don’t have to play by any of the rules. We can have the cinematic treatment with all the freedoms of  long-form television, and we were ahead of the game. And that wouldn’t have happened unless I had the alliances.”

via philly.com

4 Comments

    Leave a Reply

    http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/jake-gyllenhaal-demolition.jpg
    Jake Gyllenhaal on ‘Demolition’, Working with Chris Cooper and Directors Who Want Nothing to Do With Him
    "I think storytelling is the most important part of movie-making over performance." - Jake Gyllenhaal
    http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/don-cheadle-miles-davis.jpg
    Don Cheadle: “Be scared. Be on the edge of your creativity”
    "Be willing to fall flat on your face and be in an unknown place. If you're doing that, you're probably growing" - Don Cheadle
    http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/jessie-eisenberg-louder-than-bombs.jpg
    What is Jesse Eisenberg’s “Most Fulfilling Acting Experience”?
    "My absolute favorite thing to do is to write a play and then, after I finish, do the first reading of it with my friends around the table"- Jesse Eisenberg
    http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Lupita-Nyong’o-eclipsed.jpg
    Lupita Nyong’o on Her Broadway Debut: “When we get up on that stage, you do not know what will happen”
    "I think theater offers a chance to flex muscles that then only help to sustain cinematic work." - Lupita Nyong'o
    http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/jake-gyllenhaal-demolition.jpg
    Jake Gyllenhaal on Missed Superhero Opportunities and Portraying “Antisocial” Characters
    "I’ve always wanted to have the opportunity to play a number of different roles, and I knew it wasn’t necessarily the role, but how you played them" - Jake Gyllenhaal