Tom Hanks on why he’ll never play a bad guy

Exclusive: “Playing bad, I’m not interested”

In issue 214 of Total Film magazine, perennial good guy Tom Hanks tells us why he'll never play a baddie.

Inside the issue - which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad, Hanks reveals that villain roles just aren't his cup of Joe.

"Look, playing bad, I am not interested, ever," he says. "I don't want to see bad guys who are just bad, you know? Why are they bad?

"There are evil villains out there like, I don't know, Iago, that are intriguing to play. But bad guys do not look bad - they look like you or me. You could have a knife in your shoe, you know?"

Hanks adds that his 'nice guy' image really isn't an act. "There's no substitute for absolute, complete honesty," he says.

"There are people out there that lie very easily. I refuse to accept that. If you lie to me, you're going to be in big trouble."

Captain Phillips is out now.

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Wish Tom Hanks would play bad? Tell us below...


    • garyevans

      Dec 15th 2013, 12:27

      Yet he chose to play Disney who was a massive arsehole

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 15th 2013, 13:24

      He wasn't exactly Bugsy Malone in Road to Perdition..

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    • christophercall

      Dec 15th 2013, 16:56

      Pretty sure he means 'bad guy' in the one dimensional aspect of, oh hey, it's the bad guy of the film. The reason that Walt Disney and Bugsy Malone work is because they are 'characters'. Not strictly the villain of the film, but a part of the cast with less virtue than others.

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    • garyevans

      Dec 15th 2013, 17:25

      I don't think Disney is characterised as a villain in 'Mr Banks' by the way, I was referring to the mans real life character faults. I don't think they would depict him as a nazi racist in a ilm from Disney studios

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    • Ali1748

      Dec 15th 2013, 18:04

      Didn't Hanks recently say he'd be interested in playing Lex Luthor?

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    • StevePotter

      Dec 15th 2013, 23:14

      And yet... Cloud Atlas happened.

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    • jamieruthven

      Dec 15th 2013, 23:33

      The Ladykillers anyone?? He tries to kill an old lady AND rob a casino... pretty bad in my eyes, no matter how he approached the role...

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