Tom Hanks weighs in on Hollywood nepotism controversy
Tom Hanks, father of three acting sons, has become the latest actor to weigh in on the current debate about the rampant nepotism in Hollywood.
A Man Called Otto star Tom Hanks weighs in on the current Hollywood debate on nepotism. Known for his roles in Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan and Cast Away, the two-time Academy Award-winning actor remains one of the most recognizable and respected actors in Hollywood today. Throughout his career, Hanks has also been outspoken on various social issues, from gay rights to environmentalism. Hanks is the latest of a number of stars to speak out as the nepotism debate rages on in Hollywood lately. He is the father of three sons -- Truman, Chet, and Colin Hanks -- who have all been involved in show business to varying degrees.
In a recent appearance on The Sun Showbiz, Hanks shared his thoughts on the Hollywood nepotism controversy. The actor, whose new film features a man named Otto, mostly dismisses the current debate, saying his children are involved in the family business, and they would be if they were raised in a different lifestyle. Hanks went on to say that in Hollywood, it's not the last name that matters, but the story told to the audience. Read what he has to say below:
"Look, this is a family business. This is what we’ve been doing forever. It’s what all of our kids grew up in. If we were a plumbing supply business or if we ran the florist shop down the street, the whole family would be putting in time at some point, even if it was just inventory at the end of the year. The thing that doesn’t change no matter what happens, no matter what your last name is, is whether it works or not. That’s the issue anytime any of us go off and try to tell a fresh story or create something that has a beginning and a middle and an end. Doesn’t matter what our last names are. We have to do the work in order to make that a true and authentic experience for the audience."
The Hollywood Nepotism Controversy Explained
And Tom Hanks is the latest to tackle the issue, and the current debate over nepotism in Hollywood seems to have started with a recent New York Magazine article analyzing the current crop of young actors whose parents are famous, who are either in the entertainment industry, Either a strong connection. The cover story features a headshot of the cast -- including Dakota Johnson, Jack Quaid, Maya Hawke, Lily-Rose Depp, Ben Platt and Zoe Kravitz -- created in Photoshop on babies, and coined the term "nepo babies" to refer to those who benefited from it^ Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery star Kate Hudson, daughter of actress Goldie Hawn, was one of the first to speak out one. dismissed the term "nepo baby," saying she didn't really care about the backlash and that storytelling runs in her family's blood. She also believes nepotism is more prevalent in other industries, such as modeling. The daughter of Halloween's Jamie Lee Curtis actor Tony Curtis has acknowledged the recent 'nepo baby' debate on Instagram, saying it was 'designed to try to diminish and discredit with harm. Ice Cube's son, O'Shea Jackson Jr., also weighed in, saying he got where he is today because of his work ethic.
Hanks is married to actress Rita Wilson and has two children. children — rapper and actor Chet Hanks (often controversial) and Truman Hanks, who appeared in A Man Called Otto and worked on multiple film crews. His previous marriage Colin Hanks is the most accomplished actor of his three children, with recent roles including The Offer and A Friend of the Family. While Tom Hanks is mostly dismissive of the nepotism debate, listen Hearing what his three sons have to say about the topic gives them more insight into how they feel about it.
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Source: The Sun Showbiz