Why Tom Hanks Wanted No Part of Jeff Bezos’ Offer to Travel to Space

by Samantha Whidden

Although space travel is a dream for billions of people on Earth, it doesn’t seem to be something that Hollywood star Tom Hanks is interested in at the moment. 

While chatting with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (November 2nd), Tom Hanks revealed that Amazon executive chairman and founder, Jeff Bezos, offered him a chance to go into space prior to William Shatner’s space flight. “You know, it costs like $28 million or something like that. I’m doing good, Jimmy. But I ain’t paying $28 million.”

Tom Hanks then offered an alternative to spending the $28 million. “You know what? We could simulate the experience of going to space right now. It’s about a 12-minute flight. We could all do it in our seats. Just lean your back like and go. You do that for four minutes. Then you get up and you’re floating. Just take off your seatbelt. ‘Whoa! Whoa! This is fabulous. Man. Oh! Oh, what? Get back in? All right.’ And another four minutes of [takeoff].” 

Tom Hanks goes on to tell the late-night talk show host that he doesn’t need to spend $28 million to go up into space.  When asked if he would go up in space if it was free, Hanks said, “I’d do it on occasion just in order to experience the joy.  Pretending I’m a billionaire.”

Tom Hanks Talks About His Upcoming Post-Apocalyptic Film ‘Finch’ 

During a recent interview with Cleveland.com, Tom Hanks shares details about his upcoming post-apocalyptic film Finch and what it took for him to take on the series role. “So the job of the actor was to live up to the text, the expectations of what each individual play was. When you get into films and television, those are singular decisions that you make. The job is the job. The text is the text.”

Tom Hanks also said that acting has never been a circumstance where he thought it time to do a comedy; to be serious; or get historical. “It’s always about what does the story examines by way of the theme that it’s talking about and how do we get there.”

Tom Hanks goes on to explain that he thinks in every comedy he has done there’s been some serious moment. “And in every serious movie, there’s been some comedic moments. That’s the way life is.”

In regards to how he copes with being involved in a “depressing, apocalyptic, and dystopian” story, Tom Hank shared, “Finch never goes into a subterranean world. The crux of this movie is a guy who is worried about the survival of this dog so he builds a robot. This is not an optimistic movie at all but it does lack a cynicism. And I think cynicism is a default option.”