Tom Hanks breaks character with sci-fi, noir ‘Electric City’ web series
(Photo: Six Point Harness for Electric City/Getty Images)
"I wanted to do something that was -- for a lack of a better phrase here -- somehow deadly serious," Hanks said of the animated series, which depicts a post-apocalyptic world with limited technology.
In it, Hanks plays Cleveland Carr, an operative tasked with keeping order in his city, often with the help of lawless, violent tactics.
With two Oscar wins and a sophisticated-yet-relateable onscreen persona, it's difficult not to compare Hanks to Jimmy Stewart. And like the indelible star of "It's A Wonderful Life," Hanks too likes to experiment. (Stewart's career could have easily flourished with "safer" choices than Hitchock's "Rope" (1948) and "Harvey" (1950) -- in which he plays opposite an imaginary giant rabbit, for example.)
(Photo: Point Harness for Electric City)
"Everybody in some way has darker moods... [there are] thematically ironic stories I want to tell," Hanks further explained of his motivation behind "Electric City."
The Internet, Hanks joked, "[is] not all cat videos or guys getting kicked in the nuts." And with "Electric City," he said he intended to create something very different than what the general public is accustomed to seeing in the online original content space.
Hanks said he wanted to portray "a different brand of noir storytelling that is in... an unexplained world, as opposed to a world where we know exactly what the risks are."
His production company Playtone, which he runs with producer Gary Goetzman and was the birthplace of "Electric City," is devoted, in part, to Hanks' experimental inclinations.
Hanks jokes that Playtone is good for three things: 1) making long distance phone calls, 2) getting someone to grab you lunch and a cup of coffee, and, jokes aside, 3) being an idea lab for television, film and Internet content projects.