Tom Hanks admits that not all of his movies are great.
in an interview published with the new Yorker On Sunday, Hanks said, “Let’s admit it: We’ve all seen movies we hate. I’ve been in some movies I hate. You’ve seen some of my movies and you hate them.” .
Hanks was speaking about how a film should be judged. Immediate reactions are common, he said.
“Somebody’s going to say, ‘I hate it.’ Others may say, ‘I think it’s brilliant.’ Somewhere in between these two is what the film really is,” he said, referring to it as “Rubicon No. 3”.
“The first Rubicon you cross is saying yes to the movie. … You’re going to be in that movie,” Hanks said. “The second Rubicon is when you actually see the movie you created. It either works and it’s the movie you wanted to make, or it doesn’t work and it’s not the movie you wanted to make.
“The commercial performance of the movie,” Hanks said, is the fourth Rubicon, “because, if it doesn’t make money, your career will be destroyed sooner than you want it to be. That’s just the truth.”
And the fifth and final Rubicon is time. Hanks said a great example of this is the holiday classic it’s a Wonderful Life, which only grew in popularity after frequent television broadcasts in 1946. Another example of this is his own 1996 film, that thing You Do!which he wrote, directed and starred in.
“I loved making that movie,” said Hanks. “I loved writing it, I loved living with it. I love all the people in it. When it came out, it was completely rejected by the first wave of Vox Populi. It didn’t do very well. It Hang in there for a while, watch as some weird, kinda semi-ripoff of nine other different movies and take a nice stroll down memory lane.
“Now the same exact publication that dismissed it in their initial review calls it a ‘Tom Hanks’ cult classic, that thing You Do!’ So now it’s a cult classic,” he said. “What was the difference between those two things? The answer is time.