Tom Hanks is the definition of a Movie Star. He has been for decades. If you want to see the “new Tom Hanks movie,” you go to a theater. Well, you used to. Movie stars exist on streaming platforms now, whether its Charlize Theron in The Old Guard, Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams in Eurovision Song Contest, or directors like Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese making movies for Netflix. The business has changed, and Hanks is changing with it, even though it breaks his heart a little.
The A-lister brings his latest film Greyhound to Apple TV+ starting on July 10, though only after it was due to have a theatrical run. In the film, Hanks plays a U.S. Navy Commander who is tasked with leading an Allied convoy across a patch of ocean that is littered with German U-boats. During a recent press day, Tom Hanks told CinemaBlend he was very thankful for the opportunity that Apple TV+ has given his movie, but couldn’t hide his disappointment at the current state of movies in theaters. Hanks said:
One of the best things about Tom Hanks is that he’s been around the block in this film industry a dozen times, and he knows how the game is played. Listening to him explain how Greyhound likely would have struggled in the landscape dominated by sequel is refreshing. Disheartening, as well. But refreshing. It’s nuts that we live in a world where Tom Hanks returning to World War II for a submarine thriller would be an underdog at the theaters against Top Gun Maverick and Wonder Woman 1984, but he’s right. And as a producer – and as the star – he said that Apple came around at the ideal moment and gave Greyhound a chance to be seen.
By contemplating the crowded marketplace, Hanks said:
He's right. Movie theaters are preferred, but until locations can open, and operate safely, streaming services are bringing valuable content to starving audiences. Hamilton dominated the conversation once it dropped on Disney+ and other movies such as Scoob! and Trolls World Tour helped parents entertain kids in quarantine.
But Tom Hanks knows that seeing Greyhound on Apple TV+ is not the same as seeing it opening weekend in a movie theater. He told us:
Tom Hanks sees the silver lining in our current, difficult situation. We all love going to the movies. It’s likely why you are reading this site today. And we’re patiently waiting until we’re all able to go back to movie theaters as strangers, and emerge, as Tom Hanks says, with “something in common.” Until then, movies like Greyhound will entertain us on streaming.
Look for the movie on Apple TV+ starting on Friday, July 10.
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