According to Tom Hanks, there was never a competition between him and Robin Williams for the role of Peter Pan in Steven Spielberg’s Hook – because the director was never interested in him.
“That’s wrong,” Hanks revealed on the Happy Sad Confused podcast after being asked if Spielberg “wanted it first [Hanks] Playing Peter Pan.” The 66-year-old firmly added, “No.” Throughout his career, Hanks has been the subject of numerous casting rumors and missed roles, particularly when it comes to comedy. Vulture listed some of his most famous, including the role of Brad Hamilton in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Tom Cruise’s Joel Goodsen in Risky Business.
Hanks told the Happy Sad Confused crew that one of his most recent missed opportunities was a cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which apparently slipped through his fingers due to scheduling issues. “I would have done that,” Hanks said. “I couldn’t get there in time. I think if you do a poll now, all sorts of famous people have been in Stormtrooper outfits. I think Danny Craig was in one, I know film executives turned out to be stormtroopers. I would do it.”