When Tom Hanks was just 18 years old he was predicting future and wrote a letter to George Roy Hill, the notorious director of classics as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting. In this very confident letter, which was found by NPR at the Library of the Motion Picture Academy in Beverly Hills, Hanks suggests that Hill be the director to “discover” him because he was going to be a big star, now this is the level of confidence or a perfect amount of weed needed to write such bold letter to a famous director, rather he was predicting future or he really got that much confidence in him, he actually achieved what he claimed in the letter below.
Dear Mr. Hill,
Seeing that … I have seen your fantastically entertaining and award-winning film “The Sting,” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and enjoyed it very much, it is all together fitting and proper that you should “discover” me.
Now, right away I know what you are thinking (“who is this kid?”), and I can understand your apprehensions. I am a nobody. No one outside of Skyline High School has heard of me. … My looks are not stunning. I am not built like a Greek God, and I can’t even grow a mustache, but I figure if people will pay to see certain films … they will pay to see me.
Let’s work out the details of my discovery. We can do it the way Lana Turner was discovered, me sitting on a soda shop stool, you walk in and notice me and — BANGO — I am a star.
Or maybe we can do it this way. I stumble into your office one day and beg for a job. To get rid of me, you give me a stand-in part in your next film. While shooting the film, the star breaks his leg in the dressing room, and, because you are behind schedule already, you arbitrarily place me in his part and — BANGO — I am a star.
All of these plans are fine with me, or we could do it any way you would like, it makes no difference to me! But let’s get one thing straight. Mr. Hill, I do not want to be some bigtime, Hollywood superstar with girls crawling all over me, just a hometown American boy who has hit the big-time, owns a Porsche, and calls Robert Redford “Bob”.
Your Pal Forever,
Thomas J. Hanks
Hanks actual discovery happened the old-fashioned way, he spent years studying theater, interned in theater production, and eventually was noticed for an outstanding performance as Proteus in Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Tom Hanks, now 59, has since been nominated for five Academy Awards for his performances in Big, Saving Private Ryan,Cast Away, Philadelphia, and Forrest Gump, and he won two of them and I love his Dan Brown movies.