Why We Need Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks in Greyhound (Apple TV+)
America’s leading good guy sticks to what works in Greyhound.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T om Hanks is to selfless saints what Billie Eilish is to loose clothing. You might say Hanks is obsessed; whenever there’s a soldier, plane, or ship to be saved, he wants to do the saving. Even if the only thing he stands to rescue is Matt Damon. As dedicated as Hanks is to self-mythologizing, though, I find it hard to be irritated with him, and I irritate easily.

Why do we still like this guy who tries so hard to be likeable? I think Hanks serves a role akin to America’s town clergyman: We want him to be good. We need


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