Tom Hanks weighs in on primary: 'Anybody can become president'
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Tom Hanks has some advice for 2020 presidential prognosticators: Keep your lips zipped.

“At this point in the last election, the front-runners were [former Wisconsin Gov.] Scott Walker, [former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush and [Sen.] Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Memo: GOP mulls its future after Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday Rubio signals opposition to Biden Cabinet picks MORE [R-Fla.],” the “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” star said of the 2016 GOP White House hopefuls. “And they were all going to lose to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonValadao unseats Cox in election rematch Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work MORE. So I think that’s where we are exactly here in 2019.”

“Here’s one thing you should never do,” Hanks said with a grin when ITK caught up with him Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington. “If anybody says so-and-so cannot become president of the United States, take a gun and shoot them in the foot.”


When Hanks’s wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, objected to the seemingly aggressive guidance, Hanks tried again, “OK, drop a rock on their foot, because they’re wrong.”

“Anybody can become president of the United States,” added Hanks, 63.

While Hanks donated money to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  New DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad MORE’s presidential bid — and Wilson gave to both Biden and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisKamala Harris calls nurse on Thanksgiving to express gratitude in fight against COVID-19 Trump campaign loses appeal over Pennsylvania race The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE’s (D-Calif.) campaigns, according to Federal Election Commission filings — the performers denied there was an intense political debate going on in their household.

“I think we have to support all the candidates because we want them to succeed, we want them to keep going so we see what is it that they want to say,” Wilson, 63, told ITK.

“Who’s going to emerge?” she asked. “So I think you have to give everybody sort of a fair playing field.”


While Hanks jokingly declared during a 2017 appearance on “Saturday Night Live” that he would join Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s presidential campaign as his running mate, he made clear Sunday that he has no interest in setting up shop in the Oval Office.

“My job was going to be, I was going to stand behind [Johnson] and stare at the back of his head adoringly as his vice president,” he quipped.

Pressed on whether he would want to make a real-life run for office, the Academy Award winner replied, “I do not.”

“Can you imagine doing that?” a wide-eyed Hanks asked. “You’d be in a permanent press conference for the rest of your life.”