Tom Hanks claims that Hollywood is no different ‘than a plumbing supply business’ when it comes to the subject of nepotism.
Tom Hanks has a new film out and what’s more, his son features in it too. That makes the actor well-placed to offer his thoughts on one of the hot-button topics buzzing around Hollywood at the moment, and that’s nepotism.
Ever since the children of Steven Spielberg, Sean Penn and Stephen King caused a swirl online last week by revealing they were working on a short film together, there’s been plenty of chatter about whether Hollywood can truly be judged as a meritocracy when many children of major Hollywood players seem to slide their way into major opportunities.
There’s been some interesting arguments on both sides, with some of the most thoughtful and considered debate coming courtesy of a Twitter exchange between Black List founder Franklin Leonard and Ben Stiller. Hanks most definitely has a dog in this ‘fight’ as A Man Called Otto, his latest film released this week and as mentioned above, features his son Truman in the film.
Hanks had this to say about the debate: “Look, this is a family business. This is what we’ve been doing forever. It’s what all of our kids grew up in. If we were a plumbing supply business or if we ran the florist shop down the street, the whole family would be putting in time at some point, even if it was just inventory at the end of the year.”
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