Tom Hanks has called movie press junkets “merciless” and says they are on a level of “corporate branding strategy to the degree of hackery.”
“A press junket for a motion picture is the most opprobrious thing that human beings have ever been put through. It is merciless,” Hanks said during a TimesTalks Q&A on Tuesday. “It is a level of corporate branding strategy to the degree of hackery and they honestly think you have the stamina of an ox to drag this piece of s– movie across international datelines.”
He continued, “It goes on forever until truly you cannot fathom words that are coming out of your mouth.”
The 61-year-old actor remembered a time when he woke up in a hotel room while promoting a film.
He called out for his wife, Rita Wilson, but soon realized he “hadn’t been with her in a week and a half.”
“All I knew is that hair and makeup was coming at 8:15,” he said. “I had no idea which city I was in. You lose it after a while.”
Hanks hammered down on the subject, adding, “When you see a movie star talking about their film, understand they hate themselves. The motion picture they made is a blur in the background. Even when they see it, they don’t remember any of it.”
Hanks will next stars as Watergate-era Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” due in theaters December 22.
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