Academy award-winning actor Tom Hanks will be seen juggling six roles in the science fiction and adventure drama film ‘Cloud Atlas.’ The movie is an adaptation of David Mitchell’s bestselling book of the same name and the movie also stars Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant and Jim Broadbent in prominent roles. The talented actor spoke to in.com where he heaped lavish praise on Aamir Khan’s ‘Satyamev Jayate’ and also revealed a little about his character as Walt Disney in his upcoming film ‘Saving Mr Banks’.
You portray six different characters in Cloud Atlas. Wasn't it exhausting?
I am playing multiple roles and so are my co-stars. Every character that I played was different from the other. The switch between the characters was a little difficult initially, but later, I got a hang of it.
How is Halle Berry as a co-star? How was your experience while working with her?
It was an amazing experience working with Halle Berry. She is such a beautiful person and an outstanding actor.
Are you a voracious reader? Had you heard of the series before you signed the film?
I had attempted to read the novel early on. But then I didn't have enough time so I had to put it down. When the screenplay came my way, I went over it again. The screenplay made everything so much simpler that I started reading the book again and it read like ‘Gone With The Wind’ - so smooth. It was a hot page turner.
According to you, what are the shortcomings faced while turning a book into a movie?
To adapt a book like Cloud Atlas, where everything is inter-related, is certainly difficult. But Andy, Lana and Tom have done such a wonderful job. They are fabulous. When you watch this movie, you will not need to come with a pencil and take down notes to understand it. It is the work of these three directors that make this complex movie a great watch.
From the huge lot, which character is your favourite from the film?
I can’t lie, they were all a lot of fun. Some of them didn’t last for very long. I mean, I play an actor in a TV movie as one of my characters and I play this thug who throws a warping critic off the balcony.
Are there any Bollywood actors/filmmakers you want to work with?
Unfortunately, I missed Midnight’s Children at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). I was really looking forward to it. Of Indian actors, I have read about Aamir Khan and his work in his show. I think he did a magnificent job understanding the influencing power of a celebrity and putting it to use for the betterment of the society.
You’ll be playing Walt Disney in 'Saving Mr.Banks'. Tell us about this character.
I play the character of Walt Disney who made a promise to his daughters in the 1940s to turn the book Mary Poppins into a movie.
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