Tom Hanks teared up at the Broadway debut of his new play Lucky Guy.
But it wasn’t the full crowd or the applause that overwhelmed the A-List actor. It was the thought that he’d never get to work with Nora Ephron again.
Hanks starred in several movies written by Ephron, including Sleepless In Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, and is now starring in one last play written by his late friend. Lucky Guywas written shortly before Ephron passed away and Hanks teared up last night when he realized his friend wouldn’t be joining him on stage.
Hanks told the NY Post: “That was a tough moment. We were going to do this, and Nora and [show director] George C. Wolfe were going to walk out onstage. I miss her. What more can you say?”
Hanks talked to reporters after the show and told them that he really missed hanging out with his old friend.
Hanks said: “Nora was just a magnificent hang . . . You could be working, and you could be talking about personal things, you could be on vacation and talking about cultural history, you could be having a very lazy breakfast and you would be talking about Saddam Hussein. Nora was . . . fascinated by everything. She was always doing things that were so interesting.”
Hanks Broadway debut was witnessed by celebrities like Barbara Walters, Brian Williams, Lorne Michaels and Sting, Hanks former co-star, Meg Ryan, was also in attendance.
Ryan said: “I feel like there is a wonderful spirit in this room tonight.”
Are you surprised that Tom Hanks teared up last night at opening night of his Broadway play? Does this solidify Hanks’ position as Hollywood’s most awesome actor?