Can be the greatest pandemic in a century, but is not a real threat until it happens to someone you know. For most of the West, during the first week of march the crisis of the coronavirus was something that was happening in television. It seems that Italy is very bad, what a bad luck. They say that there are cases in Seattle. That was the level of public debate in the united States when on march 11, he found a message in the social networks of actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson. Were in treatment in Australia after being diagnosed Covid-19. Already is. Everyone knew someone who had passed.
“Hello friends, Rita and I are here in Australia”, said unexpected message on the social networks (retuiteado 223,000, or sometimes until this week). “We felt a little tired, as if we were cold, and had muscle aches. Rita had chills that came and went. Also something of a fever. To make things right, as we need to right now, we did test for coronavirus, and have given positive.” Hanks and Wilson are both 64 years old, at the edge of the age of increased risk in an aggressive respiratory disease as Covid-19. Were in Queensland, Australia, because that Hanks was shooting a biopic about Elvis Presley directed by Baz Luhrmann.
“I’m an actor in some movies that you liked and others that don’t”, defines himself as Tom Hanks in your Twitter profile. But there is one more. Is the actor most beloved of Hollywood. Thus it appears in the surveys for The Harris Poll, which placed it at number one in 2016. Is the master of ceremonies preferred to Hollywood, the guest ideal in the talk-shows, where they make up jokes on his personal charm. No known phobias. No one has an anecdote unkind with him. It is the type that comes in a hamburger joint In-N-Out, it makes photos with all the customers and pays the bill around the restaurant.
He has been Oscar-nominated six times and has won two in a row, in 1993 and 1994, by Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, respectively. Last January, he received the award for Cecil B. De Mille to his entire career at the Golden Globes, where she played to perfection his role of mr. normal that he has touched to be a movie star. Since he made his debut just over four decades, it is very rare for the year that does not have at least two films at the same time in cartel. In 2002, he was the actor’s youngest ever to receive the lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute.
The producer Brian Grazer told The New York Times the criterion to choose the protagonist of Apollo 13 was to ask: “Who is the person that everyone wants you to be saved?”. The answer was Tom Hanks. It is the actor’s preferred Hollywood over the last four decades to interpret the lord ordinary that survive extraordinary situations by pulling the honesty and the common sense he learned at the kitchen table of his mother. So, from Castaway up The bridge of spies. No one else could be the voice of Woody in Toy Story. The public knows that he has a friend in him.
There are few enduring couples in Hollywood. Of those, even fewer couples where both are actors. And of those, almost none with the seductive power of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, the closest thing he has the Hollywood present to Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Hanks and Wilson met in the eighties, and shared screen in a comedy called Volunteers (1985) that only agree to them. Meet this month of April, 32 years of marriage. When they met, he had a son (the actor Colin Hanks) and a daughter from his first marriage. They have two other children in common.
Rita Wilson has been renamed herself “a survivor of Covid-19”. She may be allowed to use that expression. In 2015, at the age of 58, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Underwent a double mastectomy that saved her life, an operation which just turned five years old this march. Actress, producer and singer, has become one of the leaders of Hollywood in the fight against cancer along with Angelina Jolie, who went through the same surgery. Hanks and Wilson are honorary members of the Women’s Cancer Research Fund.
Last march 22nd, when all the united States was well aware of the crisis, the figures of New York began to be fearful, and California ordered the quarantine of all its inhabitants, Hanks tweeted: “Two weeks after our first symptoms we feel better”, accompanied by a message of encouragement, and asking everyone to stay home. Saturday, march 28, Hanks and Wilson were already back in his Los Angeles home.
After Tom Hanks, a number of celebrities have revealed their positive for coronavirus, in general, without drama, in a didactic tone, and by putting as an example of the power of contagion of the virus. Among the patients who have used their predicament to ask people to stay at home, are Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), Christopher Hivju (Game of thrones), the singer Charlotte Lawrence, Daniel Dae Kim (Lost), the comedian Andy Cohen, the rapper Slim Thug, the rock legend Jackson Browne, and the presenter of CNN’s Chris Cuomo. But the moment he caught Tom Hanks will be in the history of this pandemic, as the first famous put a face to all the world, just provisional, to the reality of the coronavirus.