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Surprise, Tom Hanks, the face of both Hollywood cordiality and
, is being nice and inspiring again. After a recovery period that included coronavirus recovery , games of gin rummy , and memorials for late Fountains Of Wayne singer Adam Schlesinger , Hanks is doing the lord’s work by an SNL hosting gig of an Australian lad who’s been bulled for sharing a name with the virus that’s making all of our lives hell right now. lifting the spirits
Corona De Vries, an 8-year old from Queensland, first reached out to Hanks, penning a letter that asked if he and Wilson were doing “ok” after catching the virus while filming in Australia. He added that he’s “sad and angry” after kids at his school mocked his name as it related to the crisis.
Hanks replied, pointing out the inherent beauty of the boy’s name. “You know, you are the only person I’ve ever known to have the name Corona—like the ring around the sun, a crown,” he wrote.
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He wrote the letter on one of his
, many , many typewriters, and even included a Corona brand model along with the letter. Perhaps Corona can write a “fuck you” note on it and tape it to the bullies’ lockers once school is back in session. many
Or he could, as Hanks recommend, use it to become pen pals with the Oscar-winning actor. “I thought this typewriter would suit you,” reads Hanks’ letter, which was displayed on a Channel 7 news report. “Ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back.” Yeah, that’s probably healthier.
He added, nodding towards his role as
Toy Story’s Woody: “P.S. You got a friend in ME!”
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