It's Tom Hanks' world, but now you can live according to its guiding principles.
A new book debuting today, "The World According to Tom Hanks" by Gavin Edwards, celebrates the remarkable career of the all-American actor and offers life advice to fans who want to act just like the two-time Oscar winner.
Like a responsible human being, a successful actor must navigate a series of specific tasks, says Hanks: "to actually walk in the world, to reflect what's going on in society, to be a breathing character others can recognize."
"Hanks wasn't a chameleon or a wizard with accents," Edwards writes in an excerpt published in Rolling Stone. "Again and again, though, he pulled off the magic trick of making it look like he was hardly acting, just saying his lines in a natural fashion. Only after the fact did you realize how much distance there was between, say, his HIV-positive lawyer, his marooned efficiency expert, his simpleton millionaire, and his washed-up baseball manager. Not just in their professions or their superficial appearances, but in their beliefs, their rhythms, and their emotional lives."
The new book, subtitled "The Life, the Obsessions, the Good Deeds of America's Most Decent Guy," follows the same game plan as Edwards' 2016 bestseller, "The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing."
By Kevin Haynes |