A Letter Tom Hanks Wrote At 18 To a Famous Director
This month NPR featured a letter that was recently uncovered, adressed to famous director George Roy Hill from an eighteen year old Tom Hanks!
The purpose of the letter was to give the director a “heads up” that he was going to be famous.
He started the letter with:
Dear Mr. Hill,
Seeing that … I have seen your fantastically entertaining and award-winning film “The Sting,” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and enjoyed it very much, it is all together fitting and proper that you should “discover” me.
For an eighteen year old kid, that was spoken with an immense amount of confidence and cocky-ness.
What is truly amazing, however, is his prediction of the TYPE of famous he would one day become! Note how he ended the letter:
But let’s get one thing straight. Mr. Hill, I do not want to be some bigtime, Hollywood superstar with girls crawling all over me, just a hometown American boy who has hit the big-time, owns a Porsche, and calls Robert Redford “Bob”.
Your Pal Forever,
Thomas J. Hanks
It seems as though Tom Hanks achieved all he wanted to achieve in the film industry; and kept himself grounded while doing it.
To read more of the letter, CLICK HERE