Tom Hanks Fans Probably Never Knew This Character Is Gay

Since breaking onto the big screen in the mid-1980s, Tom Hanks has consistently delivered strong performances across the board. In some cases, the actor is playing real-life people, such as in Apollo 13, Bridge of Spies, and Catch Me If You Can. But he’s also created some incredibly iconic characters. These include Woody from Toy Story, the titular hero in Forrest Gump, and Captain Miller in Saving Private Ryan. But even Hanks fans might not know that one of his most underrated characters is actually gay.

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Tom Hanks cast himself in his directorial debut

In 1996, Hanks — hot off of back-to-back Academy Award wins — stepped into the director’s chair for the first time. The movie in question, That Thing You Do!, tells the story of the rise and fall of a fictional pop band in the 1960s. In addition to a cast of up-and-comers that included Tom Everett Scott, Charlize Theron, and Steve Zahn, Hanks filled out the cast with more experienced actors like Bill Cobbs, Giovanni Ribisi, and even his wife, Rita Wilson.

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Tom Hanks Fans Probably Never Knew This Character Is Gay

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