Three months ago, Henry Winkler proved that older, normal-seeming Hollywood dudes can also have messy decades-long drama in their life, when he went on Watch What Happens Live and claimed the only person he got along with on the set of 1989’s Turner & Hooch was the dog. And just like that, a whole bunch of people started doubting whether Tom Hanks really was the nicest guy in Hollywood. Well, Henry Winkler was asked about his rumored OMF (old man feud), and he is officially putting that story to rest.
TMZ ran into Henry as he was picking his car up after lunch, and asked him, “What’s it going to take to resolve this feud with Tom Hanks?“. Henry didn’t channel the same “I don’t know her” energy he was putting out on Watch What Happens Live back in October. Henry says he doesn’t have a feud with Tom Hanks, he never had a feud with Tom Hanks, and he’s not that type of person. Is this Henry’s version of Shangela’s iconic “Sugar Daddy” speech? I think so.
Henry says if you need proof that he and Tom Hanks are a-ok, there’s a picture of the two of them together at a Bruno Mars concert. Henry also says he has no problem with Tom’s wife Rita Wilson, who he’s worked with before on Happy Days.
But how did the feud start in the first place? Anyone who watched that WWHL episode or heard Henry’s 2012 interview with Howard Stern would probably suggest that Henry is the culprit on account of the fact that he kind of implied that diva Tom Hanks got him fired after 13 days in the director’s chair. Henry says the only person to blame is the media, who has done this kind of thing to him before:
“There used to be a tremendous feud between John Travolta and me. And there was no feud. It’s created, and it’s wonderful.”
So there you have it. Ryan Murphy can go ahead and delete his first draft of Feud: Henry and Tom. And if he was working on Feud: Henry and John, he can throw that one out too. This is good news for Henry and Tom, but terrible news for the rest of us. Because I would have loved to have seen a 1989 flashback of Evan Peters as Henry sneer “Goodbye to the dog, and ONLY THIS DOG” at Matt Bomer as Tom.