The celebrity couple was followed by a crowd as they headed toward their car in New York City.
Tom Hanks is defending his wife of 34 years, Rita Wilson, after a fan bumped into her. The pair first met in 1981 on the set of ABC’s sitcom Bosom Buddies and later co-starred in the movie Volunteers in 1985. The two ended up falling in love and tied the knot in 1988 and share two children together, Chester “Chet” Hanks and Truman Theodore Hanks. Hanks and Wilson share a strong connection after decades of being together and this time was no different when Hanks recently stood up for his wife.
Hanks and Wilson were followed by a crowd as they headed toward their car in New York City Wednesday night. Despite being surrounded by security, fans and paparazzi swarmed them and one fan got too close, causing Wilson to trip. As the 65-year-old actress regained her footing, she turned to the group and told one fan to “stop it." Her husband responded angrily and turned around and put his hands up to the group. He then yelled at the fans to “back the f*ck off” his wife, signalling them to back away. “Knocking over my wife?” the two-time Oscar winner added before turning around and getting into the car after Wilson, reports PEOPLE.
tom hanks is a wife guy idol pic.twitter.com/VOmkumJcKU— money isn't real (@ScrubUnoriginal) June 16, 2022
The video of the incident has since gone viral and many people commented on seeing Hanks so out-of-character. Morgan Tremaine tweeted, “First off, there’s no debate that Tom Hanks’ reaction is justified. These situations are scary and most of these ppl know to keep a distance, but all it takes is one reckless pap to make it dangerous.” User TINOTONITINl said sardonically: BREAKING: tom hanks reacts like a normal human being. Charlotte Clymer added: If you tell me Tom Hanks is pissed at you, I’m gonna ask what the hell it is that you did.
Tom Hanks Tells Group to 'Back the F---' Off After Aggressive Fan Knocks Into Rita Wilson https://t.co/wMw8unnC26— People (@people) June 16, 2022
Earlier this week, Hanks was in the news after giving an interview where he said he would not be able to play his Oscar-winning role in 1993's Philadelphia today, a movie in which he played a gay man who is dying of AIDS. "Let's address 'Could a straight man do what I did in Philadelphia now?'" Hanks said to the New York Times magazine. "No, and rightly so. The whole point of Philadelphia was don't be afraid. One of the reasons people weren't afraid of that movie is that I was playing a gay man. We're beyond that now, and I don't think people would accept the inauthenticity of a straight guy playing a gay guy."
Tom Hanks won his first Oscar in 1994 for his role in ‘Philadelphia.’ He starred as Andrew Beckett, a gay lawyer with AIDS who is discriminated against at work. Critics have praised Hanks’ performance in the film, and Variety called it 'towering' in its original review. pic.twitter.com/tzyhz9UNKZ— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 16, 2022
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