Tom Hanks On Adapting In His Acting Career

Tom Hanks is among the Hollywood elite known for having a remarkably prolific career spanning decades. How has he kept his career so enviably alive and well over the years? In this interview, Hanks gives us an important clue as to his winning career strategy. He explains:

“I think about every five years, I went through some sort of process of reexamining where I was in life, you know, as a man as well as an actor and thinking like guess what? I’m 36 now and there’s a whole world of movies that I can’t make anymore because I can no longer–I don’t want to–play the young man who’s trying to figure out life. I want to play a man with bitter compromise; I want to play someone who’s been through something. So, it’s a never-ending process, I think, of examining where you are in life as a human being, and then transposing that so it’s going to be reflected in your work somehow.”

What worked for him as an actor in his mid-twenties, for example, the lead role of Kip Wilson on the TV series Bosom Buddies, was relying heavily on energy and boldness. But Hanks explains that just a few years later, he noticed he was maturing when he realized he needed to bring more to how he approaches his performances. This new wisdom informed subsequent noteworthy roles like the enthusiastic childlike Josh Baskin in the hit comedy Big in his early 30’s–however this time period in his life was also marked with a number of flops. But Hanks once said, “You learn more from the things that don’t work out than the things that do. I worked harder on ‘Turner & Hooch’ than I did on 80% of the films I made.”…

Check out the rest of the article and the accompanying video from Casting Frontier.