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Celebrity wedding crashing is all the rage. From Taylor Swift to Beyoncé, a slew of A-listers have surprised unsuspecting couples on one of the biggest days of their lives. Since it’s such a kind gesture, it’s no surprise that Mr. Hollywood Nice Guy himself, Tom Hanks, is getting in on the wedding crashing action.
Hanks, 60, was jogging through New York’s Central Park this past weekend when he came upon Elizabeth and Ryan, who were taking their wedding pics. Hanks congratulated the couple before posing for a few shots with them and gallantly kissed the bride’s hand. He even posted his own selfie with the duo, along with some heartfelt congrats, on Twitter.
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This isn’t the first time Hanks has pulled a wedding crash. Back when he was filming Forrest Gump, in 1993, Hanks got the attention of a woman in Beaufort, S.C., just as she was about to walk into a church to take the plunge. Sitting in his car across the street, Hanks honked his horn until he got the bride’s attention … and when she approached the car, he hopped out, wished her good luck, and gave her a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Later, when Hanks was sent pictures of the newlyweds, he signed one and returned it to them with this inscription: “Congratulations! The only bride more beautiful was the one I married … I’m just sorry I missed the ceremony! God Bless, Tom Hanks.”
But what would you expect from one of Hollywood’s truly nice guys? Hanks has been setting the Internet aflame with numerous stories of his gregarious fan interactions and generosity of spirit, proving that good truly does exist in the world. There was the time in 2012 at Hollywood gastropub Stout when he teasingly posed with a fan who reportedly took the actor’s glasses and pretended to be drunk. When the image went viral, thanks to being posted on Reddit, it inspired a thread thousands of comments long, where others shared their “Hanks is a nice guy” tales.
“This will get buried, but I met Tom Hanks about 15 years ago at Disneyland. I was waiting after getting off thunder mountain railroad and he walked up and I introduced myself and just mentioned that I really liked his movies. He shook my hand and was very appreciative. Really nice guy,” wrote flocker 92.
Added thescrapplekid, “Wow, those made me smile. I think I met him [Tom Hanks] when I was about 13 at Typhoon Lagoon … we were on some lazy river tube thing and I looked over and said ‘you look familiar.’ The guy goes ‘Oh yeah? Who do I look like?’ Dumb me… ‘Uh…Tom….Tom something…Tom… Cruise?’ The guy let out the biggest Tom Hanks movie laugh … man I was f***ing embarrassed.”
Then, in 2013, Hanks met up with superfan Sarah Moretti. Moretti, who is autistic, had crafted a scrapbook of pictures and news clips of Hanks throughout the years. She finally had the opportunity to share it with him backstage during the Broadway run of his show Lucky Guy, and his reaction was truly delightful, as evidenced by the clip that was shared on YouTube.
“Look how young I used to be!” Hanks exclaimed as he flipped through the scrapbook. “Oh, sweetie, how wonderful is it to meet you? I love meeting you!”
Also during the run of his Broadway show in 2014, Hanks was surprised by a cab driver who gleefully shouted at Hanks, “WIIIIIIILLLSSSSSOOOOOOON!!!” when the Cast Away star got in his car. Hanks dubbed the cabbie “Mr. Ferrari” thanks to the driver’s affinity for Ferrari-branded clothing. They took a picture together after Mr. Ferrari got Hanks to his destination, but their interaction continued in a surprising way. Mr. Ferrari somehow wound up continually picking up and driving people who either knew Hanks or had worked with him, so the cabbie would tell them, “Tell Mr. Hanks that Mr. Ferrari says hello.”
The result? Word got back to Hanks, who responded with an invite to come see his Broadway play. Mr. Ferrari got two tickets and a backstage pass.
And it was only a year ago that Hanks found the lost I.D. of a Fordham University student, then tweeted out that he’d arrange to have it returned to her. After tons of responses and retweets, the student named Lauren was alerted by one of her professors about her Internet fame.
And this wasn’t even Hanks’s only act of kindness last year. In March 2015, he helped some Girl Scouts sell cookies in Los Altos, Calif.
We can’t wait to see where he pops up next. Thanks, Hanx!