So what does Hanks think about serving as Winfrey’s right-hand man?
“I will only be a VP unless I’m guaranteed at least two rides on the presidential helicopter a month,” the 61-year-old actor told ET’s Lauren Zima at the 2018 National Board of Review's Annual Awards Gala in New York City on Tuesday. “If I don’t get that, I will not serve. I want to ride shotgun on Marine One twice a month.”
Quips aside, Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, applauded Winfrey for her moving words at Sunday’s event and said they felt privileged to have seen the speech in person.
“What we've learned is, on occasion, a social reckoning can come about because people get up at such things as awards ceremonies and talk about the issue that is currently frothing all of society,” Hanks said. “It was an honor to be there, because without a doubt, something parted there. I think it was the waters themselves that Oprah split us under at the point. I think we were at the very first public event of this new era that is coming down the pipe.”
Added Wilson: “And women have experienced this for so many years -- not just in our business but all businesses and industries across the board -- so the fact that it’s out in the open and people are talking about it [means] I don't think you can go back anymore.”
Winfrey’s speech wasn’t the only thing making headlines following the awards show. Hanks found himself in the limelight after hilariously serving guests martinis inside the venue, at The Beverly Hilton.
“When one of the most classically beautiful women in the world leans over to you and says, ‘How are we going to get martinis here, honey?’ I say, ‘Let me see what I can do,’” he explained, referring to his gorgeous wife, whom he adorably continued to gush about.
“I can’t believe she’s married to me. She could’ve done better, but I’m a lucky man.”