Is there anything Tom Hanks can’t do?
And now, apparently, he helps solve a global health crisis! Maybe.
In early March, Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were the first major celebrities to contract the coronavirus, while on location in Australia shooting a movie. They’ve since recovered enough for Tom to host the aforementioned Saturday Night Live episode, and now they’ve so thoroughly recovered that they’re helping fight the disease.
In a new episode of NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me, Hanks revealed that after discovering he and his wife had COVID-19 antibodies, he’s fighting back. His antibodies are being tested, and the long-time couple is donating their blood and plasma in the hope that it might combat the virus.
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) April 29, 2020
“We will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the ‘Hank-ccine,'” Hanks said on the show.
Host Peter Sagal responded with what everyone else is thinking, “There could be no better ending to this international catastrophe than if the cure turns out to be the blood of Tom Hanks.”
It also makes perfect sense that the man famous for playing Forrest Gump, a rube lucky enough to find himself at the center of countless historic events, should now find himself at the center of this unprecedented 21st-century plague.
He may not be a smart man, but he knows what a pandemic is.
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