Tom Hanks is known for being one of the nicest stars in Hollywood— whether he’s posing with newlyweds he’s just met, or inviting New York cabdrivers to his Broadway plays.
Now the Oscar winner has taken that niceness up another notch.
According to a Reddit thread, when a fan recently sent Hanks a letter raving about his 1996 musical film, “That Thing You Do!,” and asked for a headshot, the 60-year-old actor quickly sent her a letter back — and included a custom-made Polaroid selfiejust for the occasion.
“Does this count as a head shot? Sorry for the beard,” Hanks begins the letter, “but I have some shooting coming up and I must have whiskers.”
The 60-year-old actor also praises Toronto, presumably where Zena is from. “Damn fine town,” reads the letter. “Growing fast, all those condo towers down on the lake.”
“Christmas just days away. Are you ready?” he asks, and reveals that he, too, still finds himself humming some of the catchy tunes from “That Thing You Do!”
“This Polaroid has been developing as I have been typing,” the actor concludes, joking, “The thing is scary.”
The first clue the items are really from Hanks?
The actor’s fans know he’s a typewriter aficionado, often sharing typewriter-related tidbits and photos, like this vintage shot of pop music icon — and Nobel Prize in Literature winner — Bob Dylan hammering away on the keys.
“Cool people use typewriters,” Hanks captioned the pic of Dylan, signing it with his signature “Hanx.”
Ah! There’s the second clue! Check out the actor’s letterhead on his note to Zena. Yep — Hanx, the same name the actor uses to sign his social media posts.
Nicest guy in Hollywood? We believe it.