Tom Hanks weighs in on primary: ‘Anybody can become president’
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 Rubio [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 Clinton. 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 Biden’s presidential bid — and Wilson gave to both Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris’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.”