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The Tom Hanks Enigma: The Biography of the World's Most Intriguing Movie Star

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In a career spanning 25 years, Tom Hanks has cemented his position as one of the finest actors of his generation. With an array of stunning performances in blockbusters as diverse as Big, The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, and Saving Private Ryan to his name, he has an outstanding reputation as one of the world's greatest leading men. Yet behind the many roles In a career spanning 25 years, Tom Hanks has cemented his position as one of the finest actors of his generation. With an array of stunning performances in blockbusters as diverse as Big, The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, and Saving Private Ryan to his name, he has an outstanding reputation as one of the world's greatest leading men. Yet behind the many roles lies an intensely complex figure. This wonderful portrait of a dedicated family man and professional explores Tom Hanks' fractured childhood, the breakdown of his first marriage, his friendship with Princess Diana, his relationship with Bill Clinton, his moral and political stances, his family life, and the highs and lows of his stellar career.


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In a career spanning 25 years, Tom Hanks has cemented his position as one of the finest actors of his generation. With an array of stunning performances in blockbusters as diverse as Big, The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, and Saving Private Ryan to his name, he has an outstanding reputation as one of the world's greatest leading men. Yet behind the many roles In a career spanning 25 years, Tom Hanks has cemented his position as one of the finest actors of his generation. With an array of stunning performances in blockbusters as diverse as Big, The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, and Saving Private Ryan to his name, he has an outstanding reputation as one of the world's greatest leading men. Yet behind the many roles lies an intensely complex figure. This wonderful portrait of a dedicated family man and professional explores Tom Hanks' fractured childhood, the breakdown of his first marriage, his friendship with Princess Diana, his relationship with Bill Clinton, his moral and political stances, his family life, and the highs and lows of his stellar career.

30 review for The Tom Hanks Enigma: The Biography of the World's Most Intriguing Movie Star

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I've always liked Tom Hanks as an actor, and he generally seems like a pretty nice guy so I was interested to read more about him. This book confirms that he's an all-around nice guy, although I don't think he would be a pushover - I get the sense that he can be pretty blunt and tell it like it is if when he needs to be firm. I thought it was interesting that Tom agreed to take a percentage of the gross takings for Forrest Gump (rather than an upfront payment - the movie was a bit of a gamble) a I've always liked Tom Hanks as an actor, and he generally seems like a pretty nice guy so I was interested to read more about him. This book confirms that he's an all-around nice guy, although I don't think he would be a pushover - I get the sense that he can be pretty blunt and tell it like it is if when he needs to be firm. I thought it was interesting that Tom agreed to take a percentage of the gross takings for Forrest Gump (rather than an upfront payment - the movie was a bit of a gamble) and ended up more than $40 million better off. I also found it interesting that he has stayed overnight at the White House three times (a little like his Forrest Gump character - although he only met the President rather than staying overnight). At first, I felt a little bit as though the author had dragged up anyone who had even a remote interest in Tom's past who was willing to say they remembered him, and it felt a little cheap, but after moving past Tom's childhood, this improved. On the whole, I thought it was well written, for a biography, and it was an enjoyable read - 3.5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dona

    An interesting book about Tom Hanks but I don’t think it was an authorized book. Most of the information seemed to have been gleaned from magazine interviews and articles. Granted my viewpoint was tainted by the fact that I listened to an audiobook and the reader was terrible! I am a great admirer of Tom Hanks and I did learn quite a lot about his life and the making of his movies. I think I would have enjoyed an autobiography read buy Tom much more though. 😊

  3. 4 out of 5

    Josh Maulucci

    Meh.

  4. 5 out of 5

    James Loftus

    Really liked it. Read a bit like an extended celebration of Tom, how wonderful he is. He can act. His story from who-is-he to being HIM! Rags to riches always works in the right hands. A talented journalist wrote this, and looking at his sources, people like Tom. Comes across as a good guy. And, as we all know, he can act like a bloody champion. Saw Philadelphia again the other day. He is gifted! Absolutely. Loved, his, That Thing You Do!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joy H.

    (I listened to the audio version via audible.com.) Hear sample here: http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_p... (I listened to the audio version via audible.com.) Hear sample here: http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_p...

  6. 5 out of 5

    barbara

    tom hanks is an incredible man and this is a great read of his life

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nic

    Good bio though confusing at times, back & forth in time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Felt like I was invading thee privacy of one of the best actors of all time. Didn't learn a lot new. Felt like I was invading thee privacy of one of the best actors of all time. Didn't learn a lot new.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I thought it was a good book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I liked this book about Tom Hanks' life from his birth to The Da Vinci Code. I liked that the author is English and uses quirky English phrasing. I liked this book about Tom Hanks' life from his birth to The Da Vinci Code. I liked that the author is English and uses quirky English phrasing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leanne Foster

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas Petterson

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Hodgson

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ross Leblanc

  16. 5 out of 5

    Uriah Young

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary Moroney

  18. 5 out of 5

    Beth

  19. 4 out of 5

    Scott Elliffe

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

  21. 5 out of 5

    Benita

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joan Aresco

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Smith

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andy Horton

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kenny Leu

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ben Syrstad

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelli McCaffrey

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kim

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