Hollywood A-list actor Tom Hanks was honored for his lifetime of work at the Museum of Modern Art earlier this week, but it wasn’t his views on his craft that had people buzzing — it was his position on the results of last week’s presidential election.
Clip via People magazine
Although a life-long Democrat with a liberal mindset, Hanks assured the gathering that notwithstanding the election’s outcome, “we are going to be all right”
He observed that films are a reflection of who we are as a nation at that particular point in time.
“We can somehow just sample what makes us a nation and what makes us a people by paying a few dollars and going to a movie theater or by paying a few dollars to go into a place like MoMA [New York’s Museum of Modern Art],” Hanks said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We can turn on our televisions right now and see extraordinary films that somehow, whether or not they were made in the last year or they were made in the 1930s, reflect — we see ourselves up on the screen. Sometimes we’re Barbara Stanwyck in an old Preston Sturges film. Other times we’re Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America. There’s aspects of all of us in those films.”
And then the actor delved into the previous week’s election, assuring the attendees that everything was going to be OK.
“We are going to be all right because we constantly get to tell the world who we are,” Hanks assured the audience. “We constantly get to define ourselves as American. We do have the greatest country in the world. We move at a slow pace. We have the greatest country in the world because we are always moving towards a more perfect union. That journey never ceases, it never stops. Sometimes, to quote a Springsteen song, it’s ‘one step forward, two steps back,’ but we still aggregately move forward. We, who are a week into wondering what the hell just happened, will continue to move forward. We have to choose to do so, but we will move forward because if we do not move forward, what is to be said of us?”
Hanks expanded on those thoughts to “The Hollywood Reporter” after the ceremony.
“This is the United States of America. We’ll go on. There’s great like-minded people out there who are Americans first and Republicans or Democrats second,” he told the publication. “I hope the president-elect does such a great job that I vote for his reelection in four years.”
What a difference from the torrent of Hollywood liberals who are having public meltdowns on a daily basis since Election Day.
Perhaps, some of them will listen to reason. But no one should be holding their breath.
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