Tom Hanks: My Wife Hated 'Mr. Banks' Mustache
By ROBERT PACE
November 12, 2013
For his role as the late icon Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, Tom Hanks had to grow out his mustache, which he admits that his wife, Rita Wilson, was anything but fond of.
"I don't have to look at it except a couple of times a day in the mirror. ... [My wife] hated it," Hanks told ET of the mustache. "... She says, 'So when are you finished with the movie?' What she's really asking is, 'When are you shaving that off?'"
Based on the true story of Walt Disney's negotiations with P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), author of Mary Poppins, to adapt her story to film, the movie centers on Travers' life, swaying back and forth between her childhood in Australia and the important negotiations with Disney.
Similar to the buzz he received for his role in his penultimate film Captain Phillips, Hanks is also receiving awards buzz for his role in Mr. Banks. While it's mere speculation, Hanks is nevertheless flattered.
"It's a fabulous asterisk that goes along when I finally kick the bucket," the 57-year-old actor said. "'Academy Award winner'—it's just going to be part of it."
Watch the video above for more from Hanks on Saving Mr. Banks, which arrives in theaters December 20.