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17th Jan 2023

Tom Hanks is upset fans ignore this ‘incredibly important’ film of his

Steve Hopkins

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You’d think a film featuring Tom Hanks as a hitman out for revenge would be talked about more.

Tom Hanks has been in some of the biggest and most-loved movies ever made.

Between Big, Cast Away, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan and Toy Story, the two-time Oscar-winner has a long list of classics (Here’s his top 25 according to the Guardian).

However, given his long list of credits, it probably isn’t hugely surprising that some of his roles get mentioned less than others.

For Hanks, Road to Perdition is one of his best and he doesn’t think the 2002 crime drama gets talked about enough.

He told the ReelBlend podcast: “For one reason or another, no one references Road to Perdition and that was an incredibly important movie for me to go through.

“It was shot by Conrad Hall, and you have me in it, ‘Don Moustache’ with a hat on it, but you also have two guys who turned out to be two of the biggest motion picture presences in the history of the industry with Jude Law and [Daniel] Craig.”

Hanks added: “And I killed both of them.”

Road to Perdition, adapted from Max Allan Collins’ graphic novel by screenwriter David Self and directed by Sam Mendes, follows Hanks as mob enforcer Michael Sullivan, whose son witnesses a murder that sets his father on a path of redemption.

Hanks concluded: “People always say, ‘What movies will they be talking about years from now?’

“As a guy who watches Turner Classic Movies a lot, the more obscure and unknown a movie from 1940s or 1950s the better, because I have no preconceived notions about it; I don’t know anything about it.

“When you watch those movies and it’s crackerjack and it’s incredibly moving, all I can think of is, ‘I’m so glad this movie lasts forever, so I got a chance to revisit it now.’ That might be the case with Road to Perdition.”

Hanks can currently be seen in cinemas in A Man Called Otto.

Road to Perdition is available to stream on Disney+ in Ireland now.

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