Tom Hanks used a TV interview on Tuesday to walk back his eyebrow raising comments about Apple. He said that he is “actually thrilled that Apple TV+ is making it possible for everybody to see” upcoming film Greyhound.
Tom Hanks: Apple Provided “a Magnificent Gift”
Speaking on The Today Show, Mr. Hanks said:
This is a magnificent gift that’s come to us because of Apple because COVID-19 did something heartbreaking to us all: it closed down the theaters. We don’t have the cinema. There isn’t anybody that doesn’t like going to see a good movie with 800 people and coming out with something in common. Barring that, Apple has saved the day for us. We had a magnificent movie that was not going to be seen. Apple is a benevolent streaming service in every way.
Mr. Hanks originally raised concerns about sound and picture quality. However, in his first interview following his recovery from COVID-19, the actor said:
It’s going to look fantastic but it’s going to be available. It is going to be viewable, and otherwise we would’ve languished in a vault for a movie that is 88 minutes of a thematic story that does speak to what we’re all going through right now…. It’s a magnificent deal and we are going to be able to fill up the screens in the living rooms and the bean-bag chairs of the world all in one fall shot, so we feel as though we were rescued at sea by a convoy with a big Apple logo with a bite taken out of it.”
Greyhound sails onto Apple TV+ on Friday.