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Tom Hanks Compares Pandemic to War

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New York, July 7 Since contracting COVID-19 in March, Tom Hanks has been, despite everything, quite busy. He and his wife Rita Wilson returned home after recovering from the disease in Australia, where Hanks had been filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley movie. 

He hosted a “Saturday Night Live” episode from home and watched his new WWII drama “Greyhound” go from a planned release in Sony Pictures theaters to Apple TV +.

“There is a kind of ongoing physiological maintenance for your brain and body that we have been following,  Hanks said in a video conference from his California home.  “The only thing you can try to do is pile the hay into small piles, that’s what I’ve been trying to do. That is what we have tried to do, go to the barn with the packing machine and say ‘we have all this hay, we have to pile it up and it is ready for the next day.”

For many, the fact that Tom Hanks contracted COVID-19 was the first alarm that sounded loud in the early days of the pandemic. If “America’s dad” could get sick, everyone could get sick. The decision to publicly announce his diagnoses, Hanks said in a recent interview, had a dual purpose. He didn’t want any rumors as to why production was stopped and could serve as a public health announcement.

“Why hide the facts?” Tom Hanks said. “Those were the facts.”

The disease, experienced with varying severity and symptoms by Hanks and Wilson, gave him insight into the different ways in which countries have responded to the coronavirus. The comparison with Australia, said Tom Hanks, is not good for the United States. But he added that there is no need for “another garbage truck to unload everything that has gone wrong” on the United States.

“Here we are, let’s do our part,” said Tom Hanks. “Why don’t we all wear face masks, comply with social distancing, and wash our hands?  Sounds simple enough to me and if you have a problem doing that, I definitely would not trust you with a driver’s license as there are chances that you will drive as fast as you want or you will never put your turn signal on and go against pedestrians. ”

Before the pandemic “Greyhound” was going to hit theaters in June, in the gap between “Wonder Woman 1984” and “Top Gun 2”.

“We were going to fight like the smallest puppy in the pack for someone to pay attention to us,” said Tom Hanks, laughing.

Now “Greyhound” is heading straight for homes as a big premiere and little competition similar in scale or prominence from its cast. Starring Hanks, this special effects-filled World War II story is a heavyweight compared to most of the live streaming premiere options in this rare summer season in film. Disney + has “Hamilton” but Apple TV + has Tom Hanks.

The $ 40 million movie, bought by Apple for about $ 70 million, is a tense 88-minute naval drama about a lesser-viewed aspect of war, the Battle of the Atlantic. Tom Hanks’ character is a humble captain for the first time leading a fleet in the Atlantic, guarding them against attacking German submersibles as they traverse the “black moat,” a mid-ocean territory without air support. With strong waves, sonar sounds, and evasive maneuvers, the film has almost mythical qualities.

“When it was all ruined we started thinking, ‘We have this movie about the immobility of the characters in the middle of something that they have no idea how long it’s going to last,'” said Tom Hanks. “We did not expect a pandemic to mimic the theme and action of the film.”

“This is about yesterday, today and tomorrow,” said Tom Hanks. “Those are the days practically humanity has.”

Greyhound has long been a beloved project of the 63-year-old actor. She wrote the script adapted from CS Forester’s 1955 novel “The Good Shepherd,” a book her first friend and late director of “Sleepless in Seattle” gave her for the first time, Nora Ephron.

“It stuck with him,” said Gary Goetzman, production partner at Hanks and co-founder of his company, Playtone. “As usually happens with him, he usually ruminates on a certain idea, he gets into his blender and one day he put a script on my desk and I was very interested in doing it.”

Hanks reached out to others to write it and met other filmmakers, but they used to have a bigger view of the film.

“I was like, ‘I love you so much, but that’s not the point of what we’re trying to do,'” Hanks said. “We are trying to condense this, we are trying to get as much out as we can.”

Eventually, he found its director in Aaron Schneider, a veteran cinematographer who directed 2010’s “Get Low” with Robert Duvall.

“Tom always called it the perfect little 90-minute movie,” said Schneider. “From the beginning, his input was to maintain this almost hyper subjective point of view in terms of his captain’s experience. We were going to put the public in his world, glued to his shoulder. “

Hanks, of course, has been to similar worlds before, has captained four times in “Saving Private Ryan”, “Apollo 13”, “Sully” and the Last time in “Captain Phillips”. A voracious reader of history, he has frequently returned to World War II. With Steven Spielberg, Hanks develops for Apple the third miniseries after “The Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific ”.

For Hanks, whose father served in the Navy, his attachment to this era is beyond his DNA. It’s about connecting with the war-time survival and sacrifice mentality.

“All journalists ask me, Why do you keep going back to World War II? ” Hanks said, with a vaguely European accent. “The answers are because I return to that position of stress in the psyche of a human. You don’t necessarily have to be a captain aboard a warship in the middle of the North Atlantic. It could be an eight-year-old boy, or a 24-year-old woman, or a 54-year-old man in the United States wondering ‘are we going to live or are we going to die? Are we going to be free or not? will this last? ‘ For me, that is the human condition in every circumstance, even now in 2020. ”

The film had weeks of post-production left when activities in Hollywood halted. During this period, a modern navy captain, Brett Cozier, was removed from his position at the helm of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt after requesting permission to land crew members sick with COVID-19. In Cozier, who like Hanks tested positive for the coronavirus, Hanks saw the type of character he is usually attracted to.

“I thought,” said Hanks. “That guy is fantastic.”

WORLDWIDE CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

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Total Cases

42,601,820

Total Deaths

1,150,969

Total Recovered

31,491,340

Country/Region
Confirmed cases
Deaths
Recovered
Active cases
USA
8,756,462
229,376
5,699,030
2,828,056
India
7,815,420
118,009
7,016,046
681,365
Brazil
5,355,650
156,528
4,797,872
401,250
Russia
1,497,167
25,821
1,130,818
340,528
Spain
1,110,372
34,752
0
1,075,620
Argentina
1,069,368
28,338
866,695
174,335
France
1,041,075
34,508
109,486
897,081
Colombia
998,942
29,802
901,652
67,488
Peru
883,116
34,033
800,480
48,603
Mexico
880,775
88,312
641,075
151,388
UK
830,998
44,571
0
786,427
South Africa
712,412
18,891
643,523
49,998
Iran
562,705
32,320
450,891
79,494
Chile
500,542
13,892
476,576
10,074
Italy
484,869
37,059
261,808
186,002
Iraq
449,153
10,568
378,209
60,376
Germany
421,101
10,093
314,100
96,908
Bangladesh
397,507
5,780
313,563
78,164
Indonesia
385,980
13,205
309,219
63,556
Philippines
367,819
6,934
313,112
47,773
Turkey
357,693
9,658
311,520
36,515
Saudi Arabia
344,552
5,281
330,995
8,276
Ukraine
337,410
6,289
139,755
191,366
Pakistan
327,063
6,727
310,101
10,235
Israel
308,840
2,329
290,130
16,381
Belgium
287,700
10,658
22,517
254,525
Netherlands
272,401
6,964
0
265,437
Poland
241,946
4,351
109,344
128,251
Czechia
238,323
1,971
91,651
144,701
Canada
211,732
9,888
177,879
23,965
Romania
205,793
6,318
147,932
51,543
Morocco
190,416
3,205
157,175
30,036
Ecuador
158,270
12,528
134,187
11,555
Nepal
155,233
842
108,334
46,057
Bolivia
140,612
8,608
107,633
24,371
Qatar
130,965
229
127,868
2,868
Panama
127,866
2,622
103,985
21,259
UAE
123,764
475
116,894
6,395
Dominican Republic
122,873
2,212
100,920
19,741
Kuwait
120,927
744
112,110
8,073
Portugal
116,109
2,297
67,842
45,970
Oman
111,837
1,147
97,949
12,741
Sweden
110,594
5,933
0
104,661
Kazakhstan
110,250
1,796
105,566
2,888
Egypt
106,230
6,176
98,713
1,341
Guatemala
103,902
3,594
93,341
6,967
Switzerland
103,653
2,071
55,800
45,782
Costa Rica
101,826
1,265
61,662
38,899
Japan
95,138
1,694
88,245
5,199
Ethiopia
92,229
1,400
46,118
44,711
Belarus
91,978
953
82,670
8,355
Honduras
91,882
2,612
37,697
51,573
Venezuela
88,718
764
82,899
5,055
China
85,775
4,634
80,876
265
Bahrain
79,574
312
76,143
3,119
Austria
78,029
965
56,791
20,273
Armenia
75,523
1,157
50,701
23,665
Moldova
71,089
1,669
51,719
17,701
Lebanon
68,479
559
32,412
35,508
Uzbekistan
64,811
542
62,033
2,236
Nigeria
61,882
1,129
57,190
3,563
Paraguay
58,259
1,278
38,797
18,184
Singapore
57,965
28
57,832
105
Hungary
56,098
1,390
16,007
38,701
Algeria
55,630
1,897
38,788
14,945
Ireland
55,261
1,878
23,364
30,019
Kyrgyzstan
55,144
1,130
47,337
6,677
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
54,374
790
29,965
23,619
Palestine
49,989
443
43,232
6,314
Azerbaijan
49,013
664
41,051
7,298
Jordan
48,930
508
7,449
40,973
Tunisia
48,799
819
5,032
42,948
Kenya
47,843
884
33,421
13,538
Ghana
47,690
316
46,887
487
Myanmar
43,788
1,066
23,708
19,014
Slovakia
40,801
159
9,920
30,722
Afghanistan
40,768
1,511
34,023
5,234
Denmark
39,411
700
31,701
7,010
Serbia
38,872
789
31,536
6,547
Bosnia
38,493
1,065
26,260
11,168
Bulgaria
36,519
1,077
18,102
17,340
Croatia
33,959
429
23,785
9,745
El Salvador
32,585
944
28,258
3,383
Greece
29,057
559
9,989
18,509
Australia
27,499
905
25,181
1,413
Georgia
26,503
193
10,163
16,147
Macedonia
25,991
883
18,247
6,861
S. Korea
25,775
457
23,834
1,484
Malaysia
25,742
221
16,555
8,966
Cameroon
21,570
425
20,117
1,028
Slovenia
21,274
235
8,018
13,021
Côte d'Ivoire
20,405
121
20,100
184
Albania
18,556
469
10,466
7,621
Norway
17,670
279
11,863
5,528
Madagascar
16,810
238
16,215
357
Montenegro
16,436
255
12,378
3,803
Zambia
16,095
346
15,179
570
Senegal
15,543
321
14,161
1,061
Finland
14,652
353
9,800
4,499
Sudan
13,724
836
6,764
6,124
Luxembourg
12,851
141
9,085
3,625
Namibia
12,501
133
10,748
1,620
Mozambique
11,748
82
9,234
2,432
Guinea
11,635
71
10,474
1,090
Maldives
11,391
37
10,428
926
Uganda
11,297
99
7,281
3,917
DRC
11,122
304
10,379
439
Tajikistan
10,736
81
9,836
819
French Guiana
10,351
69
9,995
287
Lithuania
9,578
129
4,015
5,434
Haiti
9,015
231
7,361
1,423
Gabon
8,919
54
8,512
353
Angola
8,829
265
3,384
5,180
Jamaica
8,638
182
4,156
4,300
Zimbabwe
8,257
236
7,771
250
Cabo Verde
8,198
94
7,034
1,070
Mauritania
7,662
163
7,374
125
Sri Lanka
7,354
15
3,714
3,625
Guadeloupe
7,329
115
2,199
5,015
Cuba
6,479
128
5,899
452
Bahamas
6,268
130
3,795
2,343
Botswana
5,923
21
927
4,975
Malawi
5,885
183
5,287
415
Swaziland
5,831
116
5,485
230
French Polynesia
5,797
20
3,623
2,154
Djibouti
5,528
61
5,393
74
Trinidad and Tobago
5,487
104
3,945
1,438
Nicaragua
5,434
155
4,225
1,054
Malta
5,373
50
3,478
1,845
Syrian Arab Republic
5,319
264
1,692
3,363
Hong Kong
5,290
105
5,041
144
Congo
5,156
92
3,887
1,177
Suriname
5,155
109
5,010
36
Réunion
5,149
20
4,630
499
Equatorial Guinea
5,079
83
4,962
34
Rwanda
5,052
34
4,806
212
Central African Republic
4,862
62
1,924
2,876
Latvia
4,467
54
1,357
3,056
Aruba
4,401
36
4,160
205
Iceland
4,394
11
3,302
1,081
Estonia
4,351
73
3,441
837
Mayotte
4,276
44
2,964
1,268
Andorra
4,038
69
2,729
1,240
Guyana
3,960
117
2,923
920
Somalia
3,897
102
3,166
629
Thailand
3,731
59
3,529
143
Gambia
3,659
119
2,660
880
Mali
3,444
132
2,620
692
Cyprus
3,314
25
1,882
1,407
Belize
3,050
46
1,872
1,132
South Sudan
2,876
56
1,290
1,530
Uruguay
2,759
53
2,241
465
Benin
2,557
41
2,330
186
Burkina Faso
2,433
65
1,996
372
Guinea-Bissau
2,403
41
1,818
544
Sierra Leone
2,343
74
1,782
487
Martinique
2,257
24
98
2,135
Togo
2,162
52
1,586
524
Yemen
2,060
599
1,354
107
Lesotho
1,940
43
970
927
New Zealand
1,934
25
1,835
74
Chad
1,423
96
1,234
93
Liberia
1,393
82
1,278
33
Niger
1,215
69
1,128
18
Vietnam
1,160
35
1,051
74
Sao Tome and Principe
938
15
898
25
San Marino
819
42
716
61
Curaçao
818
1
534
283
Channel Islands
795
48
659
88
Sint Maarten
776
22
702
52
Diamond Princess
712
13
659
40
Turks and Caicos Islands
699
6
689
4
Gibraltar
660
0
507
153
Papua New Guinea
583
7
545
31
Burundi
553
1
497
55
Taiwan
550
7
497
46
Saint Martin
538
8
422
108
Comoros
517
7
494
16
Tanzania
509
21
183
305
Faroe Islands
490
0
473
17
Eritrea
461
0
405
56
Mauritius
435
10
386
39
Isle of Man
348
24
321
3
Mongolia
337
0
312
25
Bhutan
336
0
306
30
Liechtenstein
324
1
170
153
Monaco
295
2
241
52
Cambodia
287
0
283
4
Cayman Islands
239
1
215
23
Barbados
226
7
207
12
Bermuda
190
9
175
6
Seychelles
153
0
149
4
Caribbean Netherlands
150
3
121
26
Brunei
148
3
143
2
Antigua and Barbuda
122
3
107
12
St. Barth
77
0
66
11
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
73
0
64
9
British Virgin Islands
71
1
70
0
Saint Lucia
48
0
27
21
Macao
46
0
46
0
Dominica
37
0
29
8
Fiji
33
2
30
1
Timor-Leste
29
0
28
1
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
15
12
Grenada
27
0
24
3
New Caledonia
27
0
27
0
Lao People's Democratic Republic
24
0
22
2
Saint Kitts and Nevis
19
0
19
0
Greenland
17
0
16
1
Saint Pierre Miquelon
16
0
12
4
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
13
0
13
0
Montserrat
13
1
12
0
Western Sahara
10
1
8
1
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
7
Solomon Islands
4
0
3
1
Anguilla
3
0
3
0
Wallis and Futuna
1
0
1
0
Updated on October 24, 2020 2:33 pm

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