Tom Hanks attends the "A Man Called Otto" New York Screening at Dot Dash Meredith on January 09, 2023 in New York City.

Tom Hanks is calling out the “cry-babies” and “train wrecks” of people he’s worked with while discussing his debut novel. The Oscar-winning actor released The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece, on Tuesday (May 9). The novel is inspired by his experiences. It centers on the development of a big-budget superhero film with an enigmatic director and a cast of misfits whose egotistical male lead’s behavior repeatedly impedes the shooting schedule. Hanks, 66, refers to actors that are “cry-babies, psychological train wrecks, on-the-wagon alcoholics, off-the-wagon addicts… and more than a couple of feuds between the Talent.”

Staying Professional

Per BBC, he admits in the novel that he has “pulled every single one of those moments of behavior myself on a set. Not everybody is at their best every single day on a motion picture set.” The Forrest Gump star said it was tough trying to be professional when his life “has been falling apart in more ways than one, and the requirement for me that day is to be funny, charming and loving — and it’s the last way I feel.”

Despite that, he pushed through due to the amount given to shoot or the budget. “That is a cardinal sin in the motion picture business. You will be amazed at how many people know that they can get away with it and are told they can get away with it. Because they are carrying the movie on their shoulders.”

Of the 448-page novel, Hanks wrote it in 2018 following the success of his 2017 national best-selling collection of short stories titled Uncommon Type. He said The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece will ultimately “live and die based on its own ability to entertain and enlighten an audience.”

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