President Hanks (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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As written by Cullen, "President Hanks" isn't so much biography as it is hagiography. "Hanks is now the figure who, more than anyone else in U. S. cinematic life of the last generation, embodies our ideal president: a smart regular guy who believes in America. . . Presidents come and go, but in the country of our hearts, Tom Hanks is da man."
This profile guides us through the more than 60 films and television appearances that define Hanks and his career, starting with "He Knows You're Alone" (1980) and continuing through 2010 with such box office champs and contemporary classics such as "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993), "Philadelphia" (1993), "Forrest Gump" (1994), "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), "Green Mile" (1999) and "Cast Away" (2000). That's impressive list from an actor who works hard and creates lasting memories and emotions. And it goes on with the voice of Woody in "Toy Story 3" (2010) and others.
Cullen says that on and off the set Hanks is a paragon of rectitude, a man who believes in and supports the American way of life and the American institution. Especially on the set, he's a model of good behavior, proper manners and punctuality. He'll do what it takes to take on a role. "He'll get fat. He doesn't have to be the cute guy, he will cut his hair in an unattractive manner. He will be disgusting and sit there. He doesn't have to be the king of every scene he's in."
This profile is a chronicle of achievement. Normal childhood. Unremarkable education. Kid grows up to become a sort of Everyman. Hanks is to this generation what Jimmy Stewart was to his.Read more ›
I am a big fan of Tom Hanks. I think I have seen just about every movie he has ever done. What I enjoyed about this single, is that I could relive the movies that I loved the most. Jim Cullen does a great job of weaving together the movies that Hanks has done based on the theme of institutionalism, and being a team player. I have never thought about the idea that an actors body of work could tell a story of who he is, and what they might believe in, but Jim Cullen was about to do that in a way that was interesting and pleasing to any Tom Hanks Fan.
After reading this book, I have found myself thinking that a Hanks movie marathon is in order.
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You get what you pay for. I bought this as a kindle single, thought it would be interesting. It had its moments, I just fail to understand how the title truly related to tom hanks... Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by Thomas Patt
Let me start by saying that I really like Tom Hanks as an actor. He has the ability to do both comedy and drama very well. Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This was not only insightful, but also very enjoyable. I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in American history, the history of film, or Tom Hanks.Published on September 10, 2011 by AaaahChoos
Poorly written... in the end there is no point to the book. Spend your dollar somewhere else. Tom Hanks is better than this writer......sadPublished on July 9, 2011 by L.V Y
I'm sorry I bought this silly thing, and sorrier that I wasted time reading it. It reads like a high school student's composition. What is the point? Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by Reader
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