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Tom Hanks Explains Why He Wouldn’t Take Another Gay Role: ‘We’re Beyond That Now’

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Accepting change. Tom Hanks reflected on his lengthy career in a new interview, and he admitted that he probably wouldn’t take one of his Oscar-winning roles today.“Let’s address, ‘Could a straight man do what I did in Philadelphia now?’ No, and rightly so,” the Captain Phillips star, 65, told The New York Times in a Q&A published on Monday, June 13. “The whole point of Philadelphia was don’t be afraid.

One of the reasons people weren’t afraid of that movie is that I was playing a gay man.”The Uncommon Type author won an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1993 film, which also starred Denzel Washington.

Hanks played Andrew Beckett, a lawyer who hides his AIDS diagnosis and his homosexuality from his coworkers because he’s afraid it could compromise his career.

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