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Tom Hanks earned an Academy Award for his performance in Philadelphia in 1993, but he has revealed why he would not accept the part today if it were offered to him.

Tom says “As a straight man, Tom Hanks thinks he couldn’t do Philadelphia today”.

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Tom Hanks Declines Oscar-winning Philadelphia Role

Tom Hanks has confessed that if he were offered the Philadelphia part that earned him an Oscar today, he would decline.

In the 1993 film, the actor, now 65, played a gay man living with the HIV virus, but he admits that he wouldn’t be able to reprise the character now.

The Hollywood icon remarked in an interview with The New York Times Magazine: “Let’s look at the question, “Could a straight man currently achieve what I did in Philadelphia?” No, and with good reason.”

He portrayed lawyer Andrew Beckett, a gay man who was fired from his law firm after his sexuality was discovered by his bosses.

He asserted that “one of the reasons people weren’t terrified of that movie is because [he] was playing a gay man,” and that the film’s message was to “not be afraid.”

“We’re over that now,” Tom said, “and I don’t think people would accept the inauthenticity of a straight man impersonating a gay man.”

“It’s not a crime or a boohoo to suggest that we’re going to demand more of a movie in the present arena of authenticity.” Do I come across as a preacher? I’m sorry if I’ve offended you.”

The Forrest Gump star termed the film “timely” and conceded that it might not have been possible to make in today’s world because of social media’s scrutiny.

Tom remarked about the terrible toll caused by HIV/AIDS after accepting his Oscar for Philadelphia.

At the time, he said: “I’m aware that the fact that the streets of heaven are overly full with angels magnifies my task in this case.

“Their names are familiar to us. For each of the red ribbons that we wear here today, there are a thousand of them. They ultimately find rest in the loving arms of our merciful creator.

“A healing hug that lowers their fevers, clears their skin, and opens their eyes to see the plain, self-evident, common-sense truth that is revealed by the benevolent creator of us all and was put down on paper 200 years ago by wise men, tolerant men, in the city of Philadelphia.”

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