The debate surrounding the advantages of nepo babies lives on even past 2022. This topic is getting a second round of lighter fluid thrown onto it in the form of Tom Hanks stepping up to burn the bridges with those who don’t support his decision to include his entire family in his so-called “family business,” and he likens it to anyone who has a business they would pass along to their children.
Tom Hanks has four children: 45-year-old Colin Hanks, 40-year-old Elizabeth Hanks, 32-year-old Chet Hanks, and 27-year-old Truman Hanks. Colin and Elizabeth’s mom is Tom’s first wife, Samantha Lewes, and Chet and Truman’s mom is Tom’s current wife, Rita Wilson. Tom recently produced a film titled A Man Called Otto, which features Truman as a younger version of him and a song performed by Rita Wilson. Just go ahead and give them all their Oscars now because I already know that’s what’s about to happen. And during a recent interview with Reuters (via The Hollywood Reporter), Tom claims he doesn’t care what anyone thinks about employing his family in his projects because all of his children are “very creative” and involved in “some brand of storytelling.”
“Look this is a family business. This is what we’ve been doing forever. It’s what all of our kids grew up in,” he said. “If we were a plumbing supply business or if we ran the florist shop down the street, the whole family would be putting in time at some point, even if it was just inventory at the end of the year.”
Hey Tom, what about your very creative son Chet Hanks? Does his brand of storytelling involve being the family fuck up? Because it takes a lot of creativity to introduce the ill-fated ‘White Boy Summer’ AND speak out against COVID vaccinations all in the same year. As one of the first Hollywood survivors of COVID, Tom, you must be very proud of him.
But all of Chet’s nonsense aside, Tom says that even though he knows his children have the advantage, the motto in his household comes from the hardest-working woman in show business, RuPaul “Youuuuu betta WORK!”
“The thing that doesn’t change no matter what happens, no matter what your last name is, is whether it works or not,” he said. “That’s the issue anytime any of us go off and try to tell a fresh story or create something that has a beginning and a middle and an end. Doesn’t matter what our last names are. We have to do the work in order to make that a true and authentic experience for the audience.”
Tom, it absolutely 100% matters what your last name is because you could have just as easily used unnamed talent and helped them along the way as well. So please, we get that you’ve just given us all the verbal middle finger with your response. Just know YOU owe us an apology for allowing Chet to run rampant using a Jamaican accent like he’s the second coming of Bob Marley. And as his father/employer, that’s something we will never let you live down!