Tom Hanks is upset people ignore his 'incredibly important' film The Road To Perdition
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People are flocking to social media in support of Road to Perdition after the actor questioned why it's rarely referenced.
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When someone mentions Tom Hanks, you likely think of the voice of Woody in the Toy Story franchise, the iconic scenes within Forrest Gump or Hanks' captivating and tense performances in 1995 release Apollo 13 or 2013's Captain Phillips.
However, there's one film the Oscar-winning actor has been in which you may not have heard about unless you're a true Tom Hanks stan - crime drama Road to Perdition directed by Sam Mendes.
Tom Hanks megafans, prepare to arm yourself with your keyboards and march to Twitter in support of the movie.
In an interview with CinemaBlend podcast ReelBlend, Hanks explained Road to Perdition was 'an incredibly important movie for [him] to go through' as an actor, despite how 'no one references' it.
He continued: "It was shot by Conrad Hall, and you have me in it, ‘Don Moustache’ with a hat on it, but you also have two guys who turned out to be two of the biggest motion picture presences in the history of the industry with Jude Law and [Daniel] Craig. And I killed both of them."
"People always say, ‘What movies will they be talking about years from now?’ As a guy who watches Turner Classic Movies a lot, the more obscure and unknown a movie from 1940s or 1950s the better, because I have no preconceived notions about it; I don’t know anything about it. When you watch those movies and it’s crackerjack and it’s incredibly moving, all I can think of is, ‘I’m so glad this movie lasts forever, so I got a chance to revisit it now'. And that might be the case with Road to Perdition."
Hanks explained Road to Perdition is definitely 'one of [the] movies' he'd include in a film festival of movies he's featured in if an event was put on after he passes away.
"The logic of Michael Sullivan I think is impeccable. The logic of everything he does, how he says it and how he experiences things and sees them for the first time that's a high country as far as I'm concerned.
"[...] It doesn't matter if it's been viewed upon as being a quote-on-quote 'success', it's in the zeitgeist and that's the only thing that matters," Hanks resolved.
Road to Perdition was first released on 20 September, 2002.
Despite its stellar cast and plot, Road to Perdition isn't one of Hanks' most recognised films, the 66-year-old widely hailed for his performances in movies such as Forrest Gump, Sully, Saving Private Ryan and Catch Me If You Can - his roles in Forrest Gump and Philadelphia - not Road to Perdition - having led to Hanks winning two Oscars.
Fans of the actor have since rallied to social media in support of Road to Perdition.
One Twitter user said: "The Road To Perdition and TOM HANKS’ performance as mob enforcer Michael Sullivan, are both highly underrated."
"Tom's acting career is immense and all films highly watchable, that's a rarity. [My favourite] are: Catch Me If You Can, The Road to Perdition, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump and of course, Saving Private Ryan," another commented.
A final fan of the movie wrote: "I’ve said so many times but THE ROAD TO PERDITION is one of the most vastly overlooked crime films. Tom Hanks playing so far against type in this is brilliant. Oh, and it’s the best comic book adaption ever. (Fight me I don’t care.) Perdition is a masterpiece."
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