All posts tagged: Tom Hanks

Conan [Secrets]

After the death of David Bowie (for more on that check literally every website on the internet) I first thought of his amazing music but very soon after I thought of one of my favorite Conan O’Brien sketches: Secrets. The premise was simple, celebrities would sit in a dark interrogation room and reveal their “secrets”.¬† David Bowie had one of my favorite secrets in a story he tells about a show in Cincinnati which you can see in the video here:   Get the concept? Great now enjoy some more Celebrity….Secrets…..   Bonus: My Two Personal Favorite Secrets Tom Hanks:   Gwyneth Paltrow:

The Times Your Favorite Actors Almost Died On Set

Actors, they’ll do anything to get out of a day of work including potentially dying on set. Am I right? I know, they are the worst but don’t get me wrong they are still better than all of us and deserve our eternal gratitude. Anywho, here are a couple times some actors almost died on set. Enjoy, we know they probably didn’t.   The Brady Bunch During the filming of an episode titled “The Cincinnati Kids” a camera needed to be mounted on the front of a rollercoaster. The camera looked a little loose so they did a practice run and sure enough the camera flew off! Had the cast been shooting the scene it is a safe bet at least one would have died. Would it have been that bad? I mean it was the Brady “Bunch”, so they clearly had some to spare.   Gilligan’s Island In a scene where Gilligan was trapped in a hut with a lion, the lion apparently lunged at Bob Denver but the lion trainer tackled the lion …

Tom Hanks Auditions for Forrest Gump

20 years ago Tom Hanks amazed all of us with his performance in Forrest Gump. I’m pretty sure Tom Hanks already had the role at this point and these were likely just screen tests for other actors including Robin Wright (Jenny) and a very young Haley Joel Osment (Forrest Gump JR). One giveaway that this was not an audition is that Hanks doesn’t even seem to attempt his southern accent which really shows how much said accent brought to the role. The video is very cute (there is an adorable moment between Hanks and Osment at around the 7:25 mark) and definitely gives you a nice rush of Nostalgia unlike most of the casting calls I’ve been on. Well, they aren’t really casting calls as much as it is this guy Greg from across the hall who films me topless drinking eggnog. The worst part, Greg never gets the angle right. I like to be filmed on my left side Greg! Why is that so hard for you to get?! Enjoy the video!

Iconic roles that nearly went to other actors

  Will Smith as Neo in The Matrix Oh, this almost happened. It’s always to fun to look at “what ifs” when it comes to movies. A great example is the above. Yes, Will Smith was originally cast to play Neo in The Matrix movies. A couple of interesting “what ifs” come out of this. First, how different would The Matrix be with Will Smith as the lead instead of Keanu Reeves? I mean it’s safe to say Keanu put his own “Keanu” spin on the role. Also how different (and by that I mean how much worse) would the movie Wild Wild West¬†have been had Will Smith not been in it? Yes, Will Smith passed up The Matrix to do Wild Wild West. While, this move did not hurt Will Smith’s career at all, you can make the argument it was probably the best thing to ever happen to Keanu Reeves.   Molly Ringwald as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman It’s hard to picture anyone but Julia Roberts in this role but Molly Ringwald …

Adam Scott & Paul Rudd are the Bosom Buddies

If you haven’t heard of The Greatest Event in Television History then you are surely missing out my friend. Produced by Adam Scott for Adult Swim, The Greatest Event in Television History is a series of specials hosted by Jeff Probst about the making (re-making) of a classic television sitcom intro. The intros are always a shot for shot remake, just with modern actors. Recently the show chronicled the making of Bosom Buddies, formerly starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, now starring Adam Scott and Paul Rudd. Pretty accurate, huh?