Nepo Daddy Tom Hanks Welcomes New Nepo Baby Truman Hanks Into The Family Business

January 11, 2023 / Posted by:

Are you happy now? Y’all made so much fun of that little Chet Hanks boy that his pops had to stop in the middle of counting his Pinocchio money to defend his son against allegations that he wouldn’t have a career in the business if it wasn’t for his famous folks. Now Tom Hanks (Yes, that’s Chet’s dad. No, really, I swear!) has to start all over again, which means he’s going to be late making his deposit into Chet’s “rainy day” account, which gets topped off every time Chet opens Instagram. However, according to Entertainment Tonight, Chet isn’t the only Hanks Tom has to make excuses for. As it turns out, Tom’s heretofore unknown son, 27-year-old Truman Hanks, whose mom, like Chet, is Rita Wilson, has also taken a job in the family business, White Boi Industries (unfortunately, Chet was in charge of filing the paperwork), and will be playing a younger version of Tom’s character in the A Man Called Otto, and adaptation of the popular Swedish book A Man Called Ove.

But don’t worry, Tom thinks his “kids are all like Renaissance artists,” so there’s no reason to believe Truman will prove to be any less of a court buffoon than his brother older brother Chet. ET reports:

Tom Hanks is standing by his comments regarding the ongoing “nepo baby” debate, while praising the performance and talent of his son, Truman, who stars in his latest film.

Hanks walked the carpet at the New York City premiere of his new film, A Man Called Otto, and he spoke with ET’s Rachel Smith about the remarks he made in response to Vulture‘s recent cover story about so-called “nepo babies,” or actors who get their start by being the children of already successful actors.

When asked about his comments that, for his family, acting in Hollywood is a “family business,” Hanks shared, “The shoe industry is a family business. The car industry is a family business.”

“I think my kids are all like Renaissance artists, you know? [They] are good at whatever they choose to be. But the question here is, can you make it stick?” he continued. “You’ve got to have a passion, you’ve got to have a drive. And yeah, our household has existed in the company town that is Los Angeles.”

Hanks added that being successful is also “a combination of talent, perseverance, drive, and no small amount of luck.”

Now I hate to interrupt Tom’s counting again, but I’m going to need a little bit of a breakdown of the percentages here. I’m really scratching my head trying to figure out how much of Truman’s presumed success should be attributed to passion, talent, perseverance, and drive and how much can be weighed towards luck. Because it sure was lucky that Truman’s brother just so happens to be on the board at White Boi Industries and, as I suspect, put a call into the director on his behalf. Tom certainly didn’t have anything to do with it. His hands are clean! (because he wears gloves when counting his cash).

“Now, without a doubt, we had a director who said, ‘Well, why can’t your kid play you at an early age?’ And that would make sense because we do resemble each other a lot,” Hanks said. “But the final analysis is the person has to show up on the day and hit the marks and tell the truth. Only he can make that decision. It was totally up to him.”

While Hanks himself isn’t a “nepo baby,” his children are. The actor is a dad to Elizabeth, 40, Colin, 45, Truman, 37, and Chet, 32. He shares his two oldest children with his first wife, Samantha Lewes, and his two younger kids with his current wife, Rita Wilson.

All of the Hanks kids are involved in the entertainment world; Elizabeth is an actress and producer, Colin is an actor, Truman co-stars with his dad in the upcoming film, and Chet is an actor and aspiring rapper.

See, now I understand why these nepo babies get so bent out of shape. All of Chet’s incredible accomplishments in the business world, from successfully getting his deposits to the bank without getting sidetracked six out of 10 times to sometimes remembering to put on a shirt when his dad comes by with a check, and he still gets reduced to “aspiring rapper.” Hopefully, baby Truman, just now starting to think about the future at the tender age of 27, will show the world he’s got what it takes. To play his dad in a prequel to Captain Phillips. Look into his eyes; he’s the captain now!

Pic: Dave Allocca/StarPix/ Images

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