If there’s one thing actors don’t want to be in Hollywood, it’s typecast as a certain type of character. This can be anything from being the guy who always plays cops to a guy who always plays the villain, but being typecast is an actor’s worst fear as it limits your choices of roles.
One actor who will never have a hard time finding roles is Oscar winner Tom Hanks, but tell him that and he’ll have a reaction that might surprise you. In speaking to Showbiz411 recently, Hanks told the world what he wants his next role to be — a superhero villain.
“Let me play a bad guy, let me play the bad guy against Batman. I’ll do anything, call me. They’ve never asked. What do I have to do? God, I want to throw a shield at somebody. I want that. And I don’t want to play the guy in the suit who tells the superheroes what’s going on, I don’t want to be that guy. ‘Well, you know Batman…Captain America, Iron Man, here’s what we’ve discovered’, I don’t want to be that guy. I want to get in there, I want to play The Flash or something like that. They’ll never give me a chance.”
Throughout his entire career, Hanks has never played anything other than the sympathetic hero role. In every single one of his movies, from The Burbs to Apollo 13 and most memorably Forrest Gump, you can’t point to a Tom Hanks role where you weren’t at one point tearing up over his character’s situation. Even when he played an anti-hero in Road to Perdition, Hanks was the hero of the picture.
Hanks wants to change that, but even himself admits no one wants to see the lovable actor take on a role that makes him evil. But ever since Bryan Cranston broke bad as Walter White, more and more actors are trying to find a role like that and Tom Hanks is no exception.