Tom Hanks is one of the most celebrated actors of all time, but he’s a bit humble about his output. The two-time Oscar winner was talking to People about his novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece. “Every character in the book does something I’ve experienced while making a movie, as well as discovered a philosophy or learned an important lesson. Even the foolish moments are some kind of stunt I’ve pulled or mistake I’ve survived.”
Per the novel’s official synopsis, it is about the making of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film . . . “and the humble comic books that inspired it. Hanks has mostly avoided comic-book films (although Road To Perdition was based on a graphic novel, albeit not one that featured superheroes). His filmography is pretty incredible: Apollo 13, That Thing You Do!, Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips, Bridge of Spies, to name just a few.
“No one knows how a movie is made — though everyone thinks they do,” Hanks said in the interview. “I’ve made a ton of movies (and four of them are pretty good, I think) and I’m still amazed at how films come together. From a flicker of an idea to the flickering image onscreen, the whole process is a miracle.” Hang on. Hanks only thinks that he’s made four that are “pretty good?” We went back and forth for a while, and couldn’t narrow it down to four. We went with our ten favorites. We’re curious if his top four are on our list. Check them out below.
The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece is out May 9, 2023.