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Tom Hanks: 'Philadelphia' would not be produced today with a straight actor in a gay role

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CNN reports Tom Hanks, a recipient of an Oscar for his portrayal of a gay man dealing with AIDS in 'Philadelphia', says if the film had been produced today, a straight actor would not have been cast, and "rightly so". In a recent interview, Hanks answered questions about two of his career-defining roles, 1993's 'Philadelphia' and 1994's 'Forrest Gump' in which Hanks portrayed a man with intellectual disabilities. Hanks said of the films:, “timely movies, at the time, that you might not be able to make now.”


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