The Hollywood star has nothing but good things to say about America’s favorite star, and he is pleased to hear that Hanks and his wife Rita are making a full recovery after being hit by the pandemic.
On March 21, 2020, not long after Tom Hanks announced that he and his wife were recovered and still in quarantine for observation in Australia, fellow actor, former co-star and good friend Kevin Bacon showed his support for the former.
In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, Bacon, 61, who shared the screen with Hanks, 63, in the 1995 historical drama film “Apollo 13,” was asked whether he had stayed in touch with the latter during his illness.
As an answer, Bacon revealed that he had, in fact, exchanged emails with Hanks and his wife, also actress Rita Wilson, 63, to check up on them since the two tested positive for the coronavirus back on March 12.
“They’re very much in my thoughts, I’m crazy about the guy [Hanks], he’s not only an incredible but [also] just a real, real great man, and Rita as well,” the Academy-Award winning actor told ET’s Lauren Zima.
Bacon also praised Hanks for the powerful message of hope that he sent to America and the world by saying that while what was happening was serious, it will eventually also pass and we can all contribute to make it work out.
At one point in the interview, Zima reminded Bacon that “Apollo 13” was going to reach its 25th anniversary in June 2020, prompting the actor to reflect on the lasting impact of the space film so many years since its release.
“We could feel actual astronauts getting excited about the movie that we were making,” Bacon recalled about the first reactions he received about the film, which gave him a sense of legitimacy and worth.
He also took some time to once again praise Hanks for his devotion to his work, claiming that “he learned so much about the space program I think he could fly the shuttle.”
About late actor Bill Paxton, who also co-starred in the film, Bacon added that “he was also really super super into it.”
In his latest Instagram post to date, the “Forrest Gump” actor shared a week ago that he and his wife spent one week in self-isolation after the diagnosis and their symptoms were never too severe.
“We are all in this together. Flatten the curve,” Hanks concluded his message, to stress out that even people that are not sick should observe social distancing to protect the most vulnerable populations from contagion.
Then, on March 22, the actor made yet another update about his and his wife's health, sharing that the two were feeling better and once again sharing a public service message.
“Sheltering in place works like this: You don’t give it to anyone – you don’t get it from anyone. Common sense, no?” Hanks tweeted.“Going to take a while, but if we take care of each other, help where we can, and give up some comforts… this, too, shall pass. We can figure this out,” he concluded.
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