I'm not sure if everyone knows this, but Mary Poppins was real. Maybe she didn't have the talking umbrella, or the bottomless bag, but she was modeled after an actual person, and "Saving Mr. Banks" is her story.
The new Disney film features Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Lyndon Goff, the author who wrote the Mary Poppins book series (under the pseudonym P.L. Travers), which served as the basis for the 1964 Disney movie. If ever a "meta" movie existed, it would be this one, since it's a movie about the creation of a movie based on a book written by a woman's real-life experience.
As with most Disney things, it will likely be wonderful. Aside from Thompson and Hanks — who just finished his role on Broadway in Lucky Guy and now has time to do things like promote new movies — a few others will star, including: Jason Schwartzman; Paul Giamatti; Colin and B.J. Novak.
As someone who loves Tom Hanks, Disney, Emma Thompson, AND "Mary Poppins," I feel like this movie is an all-around win. Will you be seeing it?
Guys. Have I mentioned Tom Hanks is going to be on Broadway? Well, he is, and we're five days (counting today) from when his show, Lucky Guy, officially opens on April 1.
People. Are. Freaking. Out.
The show has quickly jumped up to one of the top-selling theater shows through TicketNetwork; for the month of March, it was just outside the top 10, beating out already-established Broadway productions, like Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Mamma Mia!. Aside from that, Emmy-nominated actress Maura Tierney, who stars opposite Hanks in the show (bet you didn’t even know this wasn’t a one-man show, huh?), says the preview crowds have been quite enthusiastic.
Tierney told Broadway.com that people are so excited to see Tom Hanks on stage that they hardly have any expectations at all. It makes me think if the show was two hours of Tom Hanks reading a phone book out loud, people would argue that it was riveting and moving, and I can’t say I disagree. It’s Tom Hanks. (Hanks will actually play Mike McAlary, a columnist and reporter for the NY Daily News. A Daily News writer said the play is a "stickler for detail" and that Hanks was determined to accurately portray McAlary — not that it matters, because again, IT'S TOM HANKS.)
Even the stage door crowds have been interesting. When asked how she handles the stage door, Tierney said, "You mean the crazy people? The crazy crowds, I should say. I don’t have to handle it! I walk and go “It’s not Tom!” and they go, “Ohhh, okay.” Chris McDonald (Lucky Guy co-star) told me that there were people outside with bathroom lighting fixtures waiting for Tom to sign them."
So: are you excited about Tom Hanks making his Broadway debut? Will you be getting Lucky Guy tickets to check him out for yourself? Or maybe you'd prefer to get tickets just to say you took a breath of the same air as the legend. It's fine; this is a judgment-free zone.
I was going to launch into a long list of reasons why Tom Hanks is awesome " you know, mentioning his involvement in everything from incredible animated films like "Toy Story" and "Polar Express" as well as some of the most classic films of all time, like "Forrest Gump" and "You've Got Mail" — but no. I don't have to.
The thing is, you already know who Tom Hanks is, and you know he's seriously awesome. So here's one of my favorite things Tom Hanks ever did instead! Here's a video of him in a skit on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show where he spoofs "Toddlers & Tiaras."
Tom Hanks, man. Others shouldn't even try to compare.
Big name actors and actresses on Broadway isn’t something new, necessarily; Humphrey Bogart, Liza Minnelli, and Nathan Lane are just a few well-known stars who’ve starred in a Broadway show (or many) and still maintained Hollywood celebrity status.
But this year feels extra star-studded. There’s something kind of exciting about seeing your favorite celebrities take on the stage. For one thing, they’re right there instead of on a television or movie screen. For another, live acting has its challenges, and people always wonder how stars will fare.
Check out some of the Hollywood stars we’re excited to see on Broadway in 2013.
About the actor: Show me a person who doesn’t like Tom Hanks, and I’ll show you a liar. It’s not enough that he’s been in some of the most classic romantic comedies of all time, like "You’ve Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle," he’s also been in movies like "Big," "Forrest Gump," "Saving Private Ryan," "The Green Mile," and "Cast Away." That’s right — Tom Hanks made us feel for a beaten up volleyball because he’s that good. Oh, and, he was also Woody in the "Toy Story" franchise. No big deal.
Broadway Show: Lucky Guy
Synopsis: It's a Nora Ephron play, so it'll probably be good. Tom Hanks plays real-life journalist Mike McAlary, who worked for the New York Daily News police beat. His involvement with police work didn't stop there, as he went on to write a book, contribute to a movie script, and even won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his coverage of police brutalization. The show documents McAlary's life up through his untimely death in 1998.