In July, Tom Hanks
will be celebrating a big milestone, but don’t even think about throwing him a surprise birthday party. The A Hologram for the King
star has no interest in making a big fuss over his 60th birthday.
“I’m gonna be 60 in July! Can you believe it?!” he told ET at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of his new movie on Wednesday. “I grew up having my birthdays in the summertime where everybody is dispersed. The day will go by with a little bit of a nod and maybe a delightful can of beer.”
When the idea of a surprise party was floated out, Hanks quickly replied, jokingly of course, “If there is I’m gonna kill somebody!”
One person who might get a free pass is Hanks’ pal Oprah Winfrey. The pair have been longtime friends.
“She has recommended a ton of books over the years, but they are so complicated,” Hanks said of the famed TV personality. “I read nonfiction. I couldn’t crack that stuff.”
Hanks also noted that he wouldn’t pass up the chance to party with Oprah, saying, “If Oprah calls and says, ‘Do you want to hang?,’ who turns down that opportunity?”
In A Hologram for the King, Hanks plays Alan Clay, a failed businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia to sell his idea to a wealthy monarch.
“To be able to play a guy in a real world situation that is actually taking place in a place like Saudi Arabia, of which we know absolutely nothing whatsoever – that’s the type of thing that if you do it right. You're making a movie that people can recognize as themselves in a place that is completely unrecognized,” he said. “I think that's what you're going for in any movie.”
A Hologram for the King hits theaters on Friday.