Tom Hanks sought out the Zoltar machine from “Big” for another wish — one simultaneously similar and opposite from his request that the carnival game granted in the 1988 movie.
“Well, Zoltar, the last time we met, I was a 13-year-old boy who wanted to be older — so you granted my wish,” Hanks began to the ageless wizard, who was played by a spooky Stephen Colbert. “And I woke up the next morning as a 30-year-old man. And I need you to do that again please.”
So, to recap — Hanks doesn’t want to age 17 years overnight again, he wants to halve his actual time on Earth to be 30 once more. A wise request, indeed.
“I learned that being older isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be — a lesson I’m constantly learning everyday at my age,” Hanks said of the classic comedy’s key takeaway. “Just yesterday, I tried to jump on one of those ‘Big’ floor pianos and do a dance — I swear I heard my hip snap.”
Unfortunately, such a “big” request comes with a hefty price tag. There seems to be quite a bit of inflation from the film’s era, and a quarter just wasn’t going to cut it this time.
Hanks couldn’t grant Zoltar his eternal soul, because the actor-producer said he already handed that over to get “That Thing You Do!” made. Instead, the “Inferno” star had to promise that he’ll get Zoltar’s screenplay over to his son, Colin Hanks. Feels like a fair deal.
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