Tom Hanks was punched so hard by Paul Bettany during the filming for The Da Vinci Code that he farted. Let me just repeat that sentence so you can all devour it again. Tom Hanks was punched so hard by Paul Bettany that he farted.
Paul Bettany made the sensational revelation while promoting his upcoming turn in Mortdecai. According to Yahoo! Movies UK, Bettany was recalling the famous punches he has landed on actors when he told the story.
“I punched him, and he farted. And I didn’t know what the… I didn’t know what the right thing to do was. Whether you mention it or – as an Englishman, I felt as if I should say, ‘Oh God, sorry! I farted!’ He just looked at me and said, ‘You just made me fart. Isn’t that funny?’ And I loved him for it.”
Paul Bettany also explained that while filming Firewall, his co-star, Harrison Ford, kept telling him “to punch him harder.”
However that story paled in comparison to his Tom Hanks tale. And while most stories that involve flatulence border on the repulsive, you can’t help but smile and chortle at the image of Tom Hanks farting on the set of The Da Vinci Code. Especially since, you know, The Da Vinci Code itself was an utterly repugnant film.
Tom Hanks starred as Professor Robert Langdon in Ron Howard’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s best selling novel. He was joined by Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellan, Alfred Molina and Jean Reno, as well as Paul Bettany, who portrayed Silas.
This is far from the first time that Tom Hanks has proven to the world just how much of a living legend he is. Back in 2012, a series of photos that featured the two-time Academy Award winner posing with a pair of fans instantly went viral.
They depicted Tom Hanks pretending to be drunk, while he also allowed the fan to “steal” his glasses for the gag too.
Tom Hanks is ranked as the highest grossing all-time box office star in history of Hollywood.
Hanks’ films have grossed over $3.6 billion, and this averages out at around $107 million per film. Of course it also helps that most of the films have featured sublime performances from the actor. Tom Hanks won two Academy Awards for his performances in 1993’s Philadelphia and 1994’s Forrest Gump. He is only the second actor to have won consecutive Best Actor Oscars in the history of the awards. Spencer Tracy was the first, winning in 1937 and 1938 for Captains Courageous and Boys Town respectively.