One lucky New York City cab driver got a firsthand look as to why Tom Hanks is hailed as the nicest guy in Hollywood
-- but he almost didn't even give him a ride.
The cab driver recounts on Humans of New York's Facebook
page that he first told the actor he wouldn't drive him because his shift was ending. "But then I think about it, and I start feeling bad for the guy, cause hey-- I got a conscience," he writes. "So I call him back to the cab and tell him to hop in."
Though he doesn't recognize Hanks right away -- the actor is wearing a baseball hat-- once he hears his voice, the man recalls that he turns to him and screams that classic Castaway line, "WIIIIIIILLLSSSSSOOOOOOON!!!"
"And that really got him," the driver thinks back. "He started laughing hard. He sees that I've got this Ferrari hat on, and a Ferrari shirt too, so he starts calling me 'Mr. Ferrari.' The whole ride, he keeps calling me 'Mr. Ferrari.'"
After the ride, the 58-year-old Forest Gump
star is gracious enough to take a photo with the driver and "goes on his way" -- but the story continues. "Mr. Ferrari" coincidentally continues to pick up people that know the actor. "And every time, I tell them: 'Tell Mr. Hanks that Mr. Ferrari says 'hello.' Every time I say that," he remembers.
Then something wonderful happens. "One day I'm driving, and I get a text from one of the people that I'd driven, and it says: 'Mr. Hanks wants to invite you to see his Broadway show.'"
The driver shows up with his date and is given access to go backstage and even waits for Hanks in his dressing room after the performance. The driver recalls with delight, "He walks in and screams: 'Mr. Ferrari!'"
Calling his run-in with the A-lister the "craziest thing," the cabbie concludes his story, "The name of his show was Lucky Guy. How crazy is that? Cause that was me. A lucky guy!"