Tom Hanks has spent an entire year portraying puppeteers on the big screen. First came his riveting role as Colonel Tom Parker, the man who pulled the strings of the legendary King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis.
Now he faces off against perhaps the most famous film master of puppets in Robert Zemeckis’ reinterpretation of the classic fairy tale Pinocchio.
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Hanks plays Geppetto, the woodcarver who creates Pinocchio before wishing on a star that the inanimate object was real, and then treating the little doll like his son when it comes to life.
“He hopes he won’t spend the rest of his days alone,” Hanks says.
“So, so he wants a real son. Is there a more primal desire for anyone on planet Earth than what Geppetto aspires to?”
“That’s about the perfect wish you can have for anything. It’s about being loved and having someone to love. It’s beautiful, it’s fabulous,” Hanks said.
Disney’s original 1940 version of Pinocchio was the first animated feature film to win an Oscar, taking home Oscars for Best Music, Original Score and Best Music, Original Song for When You Wish Upon a Star.
For the modern version of the story, Oscar-nominated Cynthia Erivo sings the song in her role as the Blue Fairy.
“When we started talking about the song everyone was really supportive and we had different ideas and we took a day in Abbey Road and recorded it,” Eviro said.
“It was just a wonderful opportunity to re-imagine how this song sounds. I wanted to try to be as honest and as close to what people already know, but I wanted to make sure it still felt like me.
The multifaceted star was shy about her chances of earning another Oscar nomination for this latest performance.
“I mean, I don’t know about that, I’m just glad I was able to do a version,” she said.
A recipient of Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards, Cynthia is just one Oscar win away from EGOT status, an acronym for the elite club of entertainers who have won all four coveted awards.
The British star spoke of the possibility of joining the prestigious list of 17 artists who have already achieved the feat.
“I mean, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care because it’s a wonderful honor to be a part of it.
“But I think before the conversation even started, I didn’t know it was even a thing when I came here (to the US). I was the girl who wanted to do a Broadway show for the first time and I didn’t know anything was going to come of it and a lot has come of it. I don’t necessarily pick my projects based on the possibility of getting an Oscar because that wouldn’t be fun,” Erivo said.
“I honestly try to choose the roles I play because I love them and because I like the script. And if I get into a conversation about it, then wonderful. And the fact that I spoke about it so early in my life is really wonderful. So who knows, if it comes, it comes, if not, it doesn’t, and I, I still want to make sure I love the work I’m doing,” she said.
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