Tom Hanks is who Tom Hanks is today because of something he did about 14 years ago. One afternoon, Hanks walked into his agent's office and told the man who takes 10 percent, "I don't want to play pussies anymore." He had spent the better part of the 1980s being a pussy: the pussy with a mermaid fetish, the pussy set up by the CIA, the pussy married to Shelley Long, the pussy with the dying father, the pussy Israeli soldier, the pussy cop with the dog partner. Every role required of Tom Hanks only that he whine and, occasionally, bitch a little bit; it was hard to tell if Hanks, even in his mid-30s, had gone through puberty yet, so high-pitched were the roles he had been given until he decided... More >>>