Tom Hanks’ Sons Speak Out About Him Getting Coronavirus, And Australia Says They Didn’t Catch It There
By now if you have two working ears, or eyes, or even a sense of smell you’ve probably found out that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have contracted coronavirus and are in isolation in Australia, where he was filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic. Tom made the announcement on social media and the rest of the family has now followed suit. Rita posted some stuff herself, as did Colin Hanks, and Chet Hanks. And you know what? Chet’s surprisingly did not come with a patois accent.
A celebrity has coronavirus: Time to pay attention! In the words of Katya Zamolodchikova: “God said: Hiiiiii!” If people didn’t think corona was an issue, they might now since America’s dad has it. Luckily for us, the family is ready to talk. Chet, who has a Jamaican flag in his Instagram name, gave a statement which is pretty much what you’d think it would be and involved the term “trippin'”. (via E! News)
“Whassup everyone. Uh, yeah it’s true: my parents got coronavirus. Crazy. They’re both down in Australia right now because my dad was shooting a movie down there, but I just got off the phone with them. They both are fine, they’re not even that sick. They’re not worried about it–they’re not trippin’ but they’re going through the necessary health precautions obviously. But, uh, I don’t think it’s anything to be too worried about. I appreciate everyone’s concern and the well wishes but I think it’s all going to be alright but I appreciate it and just, everybody stay safe out there. Much love.”
Colin also hit up Instagram but opted not to make a video where he flexed and leaned in to the camera to make his biceps look bigger. Instead, he just put up a message saying his parents are “receiving excellent care” in Australia. He also said he hadn’t seen his parents in three weeks but spoke with them constantly and was as optimistic about things.
Rita also hopped onto Instagram to talk about the body aches and tiredness they experienced before testing. She joked about it calling her time in Australia her “Coronavirus Vacation.”
Glad that Rita can joke/promo about this, because Australia is not playing and honestly might be pissed. The Hollywood Reporter says that Australia is suggesting that it’s the Americans who brought coronavirus to their distant shores. The couple are among 130 cases in the country and officials in Queensland Health say that the couple probably contracted it in the US or while traveling. Without naming them, they announced all new reported infections were non-contact cases, saying the patients were believed to have “contracted the illness outside Australia and traveled to Queensland with the virus.”
Rita and Tom will be in isolation for 14 days in a hospital on the Gold Coast and are assisting Queensland Health with tracking down anyone they came in contact with. The Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said:
“People who have come in close contact with Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson will now need to self-isolate and quarantine… I have been in contact with Baz Luhrmann quite often today and he has said to me that he wants to pass on to everyone that we stand with the people of Queensland in making sure we comply with any restrictions and of course that we want to see a speedy recovery… The filming has been going extremely well on the Gold Coast and of course there will be a halt to some of the filming at the moment whilst Tom and Rita get the very best care that they will get in our Queensland hospital.”
And places where Rita made promo appearances are also taking precautions. Nine Network’s Today Extra host David Campbell is now in self-isolation for two weeks. The network said:
“Those who were in prolonged contact with her are self-isolating for 14 days. Our premises is currently being cleaned in all areas she visited.”
Rita was also at the Emporium Hotel in Brisbane and the Sydney Opera House during her trip. A spokesperson for Village Roadshow Studios, where the Elvis biopic is being filmed, told THR that the studios were still operating as normal and said they were following Queensland Health guidelines. Other movies are filming in Australia, like a Marvel movie, but there’s been no reports of coronavirus infecting their production schedule yet.
Who knows if this will halt the production of the Elvis picture fully down the road; coronavirus did already take out Mission: Impossible VII. But I have faith that Australia will manage to keep a lid on exposure. I’m just going to assume they have a better health care system than the States who seems to be fighting coronavirus with a couple of masks and Naomi Campbell.