Tom Hanks starred in the American classic Forrest Gump, in which the lead character meets President Kennedy in a comical moment at the White House.
But given the current President in office, it’s safe to say Hanks himself won’t be visiting the White House anytime soon.
In an explosive interview given to Hollywood Reporter, the distinguished actor called for fellow Americans to “take to the ramparts” in protest of Trump’s racial animus and trashing of civil norms.
Hanks also said that if his latest film The Post is screened at the White House, he will refuse to attend.
The Post would be a likely candidate for a Presidential screening under normal circumstances, due to its reenactment of drama surrounding the Pentagon Papers.
The actor also slammed President Trump for attacking the news media, and by extension the 1st Amendment.
More from The Hill:
Tom Hanks would “probably not” screen his new film, “The Post,” at the White House if asked by President Trump, nor would he attend a screening, the actor said in a Wednesday interview.
“I don’t think I would,” he said when asked in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “This is the moment where, in some ways, our personal choices are going to have to reflect our opinions. We have to start voting, actually, before the election. So, I would probably vote not to go.”
Hanks plays legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in the film, which chronicles the staff at the newspaper reporting on the Pentagon Papers, in a race to beat The New York Times.
Hanks compared the Nixon administration’s efforts to stop the secret study on the Vietnam War from being published to how the press is treated today.
“[Nixon] took on the First Amendment by saying: ‘You can’t tell that story, and if you do, we’re going to threaten you,’” Hanks said. “That is going on, of course, right now … Right now, without a doubt, there are people in power trying to — if not quash or stop the right to publication, denigrate it to the point [where] they are saying there is no truth to it whatsoever.”
Hanks also denounced Trump’s comment referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with what is considered a racial slur at an event with Native American veterans earlier this year, as well as the white supremacist groups that gathered for what turned into a violent rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the summer.
“I didn’t think things were going to be this way last November,” he said in the interview. “I would not have been able to imagine that we would be living in a country where neo-Nazis are doing torchlight parades in Charlottesville and jokes about Pocahontas are being made in front of the Navajo code talkers.”