The actor who redefined the cinematic everyman

Tom Hanks always plays to his strengths. He’s not Clooney good-looking, he’s not got the presence of a Pacino and he doesn’t have the menace or controversy of a Russell Crowe. But what he has by the Hollywood truckload is an everyman charm. It’s his greatest strength and one that he’s used to win two Oscars, star in 48 films and make him the most influential player in Hollywood. Even when he’s interviewed the personal façade is so perfectly conceived (superficially) and the humour so warm that it’s impossible to think of him as anything other than ‘a nice guy’.

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