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Tom Hanks remembers ‘Bosom Buddies’ co-star Peter Scolari: ‘We were molecularly connected’

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  • Tom Hanks
    Tom Hanks
    American actor
  • Peter Scolari
    Peter Scolari
    American actor

On Tuesday, Tom Hanks stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” where he remembered his longtime friend Peter Scolari. Scolari starred opposite Hanks on the series “Bosom Buddies,” and recently lost a two-year battle with cancer. Hanks recalled having an instant connection with Scolari.

“I don't know how many people truly do change your lives when you cross paths with them,” Hand said. “We met, picked up the scripts, started screwing around. I actually thought, this is it. This is how this works. This is like a hand inside a glove.”

Hanks later added, “We were molecularly connected in a way that we started speaking the same language.”

While their chemistry led to hilarious moments on camera, it drove directors nuts during rehearsals. Hanks recalled one director, who had absolutely no time for their shenanigans, actually getting in a verbal altercation with Scolari.

Hanks ended the interview by sharing one of his favorite clips from the series and honoring the family that Scolari left behind.

“Peter has a lovely family,” an emotional Hanks said. “His wife Tracy’s got absolutely great kids and we lost him to the emperor of all maladies.”

Video Transcript

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TOM HANKS: I don't know how many people like truly do change your lives when you cross paths with them. But he and I met, we picked up the scripts, and we started screwing around. And I actually thought, Oh, this is it. This is how this works. This is like a hand inside a glove.

KYLIE MAR: On Tuesday, Tom Hanks stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he remembered his longtime friend Peter Scolari, who recently died after a two-year battle with cancer. Scolari starred opposite Hanks on the series Bosom Buddies and the two actors immediately bonded.

TOM HANKS: We were molecularly connected--

JIMMY KIMMEL: Yeah.

TOM HANKS: --in a way that we started speaking the same language.

KYLIE MAR: But while their chemistry led to hilarious moments on camera, it drove directors nuts during rehearsal.

TOM HANKS: We are just screwing around. And we're making up new lines. We're playing things around. And so we'd always hear on the studio talkback, "Hey [INAUDIBLE] guys, guys, guys, guys, are you going to say that?" We might.

KYLIE MAR: Hanks recalled one director who had absolutely no time for their shenanigans.

TOM HANKS: "And every time we come back, you're saying something different. We're trying to figure this out. You guys have got to help us." Well, then figure it out. "Hey, if you guys think you could do a better job, why don't you come up here and direct the show yourself?" And Peter was like, "I'm on my way."

KYLIE MAR: Hanks ended the interview by sharing one of his favorite clips from the series and honoring the family that Scolari left behind.

TOM HANKS: Peter has a lovely family. His wife Tracy, he's got absolutely great kids, and then we lost him to the emperor of all maladies, so thanks for letting us show that.