Tom Hanks Says Working With Julia Roberts 'Raises Your Game'; Reveals 'Larry Crowne' Prank On Actress

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Tom Hanks Says Working With Julia Roberts 'Raises Your Game'; Reveals 'Larry Crowne' Prank On Actress

Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts have teamed up (again) for the upcoming romantic dramedy, "Larry Crowne" - the story of a middle-aged man who returns to college after losing his job.

However, Julia, who starred alongside Tom in the 2007 hit, "Charlie Wilson's War," says working with the beloved actor on their latest project was a bit different this time as Tom -- who also co-wrote and directed the film -- made for a tough boss when it came to costuming decisions!

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"He was like, 'Shorten it. Shorten it. Shorten it. Hike it up,'" Julia told Access Hollywood's Billy Bush of Hanks' wardrobe demands at a junket for the film in Los Angeles on Friday. "I'm wearing micro-mini[skirts]! Gotta get 'em in the theater!"

Despite being forced to show off her notoriously sexy stems, Julia adored her character and said she knew instantly upon reading the script that she wanted to be a part of the touching film.

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"Tom is alluring to me creatively," Julia explained. "And then he sends me this script which is charming and winning, and asks me to play a drunken school teacher!

"It was a dream come true!" she exclaimed, laughing.

As for working with Hollywood's classic "Pretty Woman," Tom earnestly praised Julia, who he called a "formidable" force.

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"[Julia] is not intimidating, but here's the deal -- she raises your game," Tom told Billy. "She's got the spirit of life that brings everybody up and makes them do their best work.

"And she's also the teacher of our dreams," he added as Julia laughed. "I mean, come on! Can you imagine?"

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The Oscar-winning pair found time to clown around on the set, and Julia revealed Tom went to great lengths to pull a prank on her, as she'd recently taken up knitting as a hobby.

"I come onto the set to work [one day] and every single person on the set everywhere -- every grip, every electric, every everything is knitting," she said.

"Everybody has something they're working on," Tom proudly interjected.

"Did you notice right away?" Billy asked.

"Uh, yeah!" Julia responded, as Tom laughed. "You walk into a room and 65 men are knitting?!?"

"Larry Crowne" opens in theaters on July 1.

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