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Episode 267: Nerdist Podcast
Tom Hanks
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Nerdist Podcast: Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks! Tom. Motherf–king. Hanks. What more of a description do you NEED than that? Is the fact that we talk about Tom’s career, NASA logos, Storage Wars, vintage typewriters, and blasting caps going to influence your decision any further to enjoy this very special and hilariotastic episode?? Well I guess it should, because Tom made those all really fun things to talk about. And those rumors about his being the nicest most down-to-Earth fellow? ENTIRELY TRUE.

Extra thanks go to Ashley Olivia, Allison Diamond, Josh Cummings, and Katie Levine.

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  1. Terry says:

    That was a great interview.  It was real, down to earth, improvisational and funny…I am glad I took the time to listen…

  2. Michael says:

    Wow. The very first thing Tom Hanks does is see if anyone else needs anything. He’s the man.

  3. Frank Plowright says:

    Hugely enjoyable. Re your question at the end regarding one piece of advice to give actors starting out, Bob Hoskins once related the following in response to asking Michael Caine the same question when he once visted Hoskins’ drama school. Caine replied (and you have to imagine this is his best Michael Caine accent and intonation) ‘Neverr buy a bloody boat.’ Nice to see Donna Barr here.

  4. Kurt says:

    My brother was Chuck Nolan at the seahawks game he mentions. This was sooo cool!! I would love to email Tom some pictures we have from that game.

  5. Chad Hester says:

    That was SO entertaining. Hanks is a guy you could just hang out with and listen to stories for days. Glad to have experienced it!

  6. Byron Young says:

    It was a Russel Wilson reference!

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  9. Donna Barr says:

    Okay, listening again, about the NASA portion – this is KIND of a plug for my own stuff, but see, at GeekGirlCon in Seattle 2012, the NASA PR people were out in front of the show, and we got to talking about the kind of people who aren’t scientists, but love science. So I said I’d make these special bumper stickers for them. At Emerald City Comicon (Seattle again), in 2013, I got to walk up to the same gang and offer them all their own Science Hag bumper sticker. There was squealing. Now NASA has Science Hag bumper stickers. Which is about as nerdy as possible.

  10. Donna Barr says:

    Well, now I’m happy. Yay, Nerdist.

  11. Victoria says:

    Hands down one of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard. You guys were awesome and Tom Hanks, is Tom Hanks. One of the funniest, most humanistic people ever. Happy that he is everything I thought he was in my head and so much more.

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  13. Bachelor Party says:

    Tom is fan of Storage Wars :)

  14. Vanessa says:

    One of my favorite episodes! Loved the Willie Mays story.

  15. Ebettybeth says:

    ARRG. Whatever nerdist changed starting with this podcast does not allow me to listen at work. Is there some new feed for just this podcast? I can listen to all of the other podcasts on this site…but not the Nerdist! I need to get a new job…..

  16. Myra Mae McFarland says:

    Great interview. It sounded as though everyone involved genuinely had a great time. I listened to the whooooole thing. Now I’m obsessed with finding the longer version of That Thing You Do. And I have that stupid song now stuck in my head.

  17. kubagami says:

    That was incredible! It’s all down hill from here. how do you top Tom Hanks? He’s so natural funny. Great ep!

  18. Michael says:

    D’oh! Forgot to indicate that I found this humorous with the obligatory 😉

  19. Michael says:

    Amazing conversation – but clearly the freedoms enjoyed on the podcast had a negative impact when he was on “traditional media” this morning:

  20. Heather says:

    I had no idea how much I loved Tom Hanks. I busted out laughing several times during this podcast. And goddamn, his Storage Wars impressions were spot fucking on. I rarely listed to the same podcast multiple times, but this was an exception.

  21. Brian says:

    I just realized, Tom confused The Hives with The Strokes.

    But he can, because, he is Tom fucking Hanks.

  22. Jeremy says:

    I always love the podcast, but this episode got me through the last part of a 50 mile run. It made last the last bit of my 10 hour ordeal at least somewhat enjoyable. Thanks as always!

  23. Alec says:

    Tom’s analysis of “The Replacement Ref” made me giggle.

  24. Alex says:

    I love this podcast… A lot. I consider it as at least three smiles a week! This one is just perfect! Thanks so much!

  25. lindsayc says:

    This was so awesome. Blasting caps made me laugh so hard I cried. Thanks.

  26. SamEyeAm says:

    Hope that there’s a Part Deux soon because there are so many things they didn’t have time to talk about. I’d love to hear about projects he passed on, Catch Me If You Can, A League Of Their Own, Pixar…the list goes on and on.

    And Tom Hanks should have his own reality show and they should call it “Tom Hanks Hates Reality TV (except for a few shows)” or something to that affect. I’d watch the shit out of that!

  27. Julia says:

    One of the best!

  28. maus says:

    FYI – The quarterback for the Seahawks is named Russell “Wilson”.

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  30. Hudzo says:

    Tom Hanks does a better Willie Mays than Willie Mays

  31. Jareth Inks says:

    Wow, I loved the letter from Mr. Hanks. He always comes across as a fun and likeable bloke – great actor, too. Fantastic to see he’d do this. You often forget how talented a comedian he is due to some of his more serious roles; Saving Private Ryan etc. What I didn’t know is that he collected old typewriters. I wouldn’t mind owning one, to be honest, there’s something wonderfully archaic about using them.

  32. Willie Mays says:

    Dun touchem

  33. smallerdemon says:

    Man oh man, you made me miss Hanks’ presence in comedy, though. And did I miss something or did you guys not talk about The ‘Burbs? (I listen at work, so sometimes I miss stuff.) But yeah, personally, I miss Hanks in comedy. His timing was always amazing and his choices in the 80s and 90s for comedy were mostly spot-on great. The Money Pit gets dinged a lot as one of his lesser roles, but he is fantastic in that movie. And as mentioned, The ‘Burbs is downright astonishing (it’s Joe Dante, so of course it is). Joe vs the Volcano is another favorite as well.

    But this was a great conversation. Mainly to hear Hanks sounding like I remember him sounding in the 80s and being able to still have fun as opposed to his often somber roles in a lot of his modern work.

  34. Joe says:

    Here’s that image from the football game: