Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers; Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers; Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

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Byline: Nicki Gostin, Joshua Alston

Tom Hanks

Hanks dons another creative hat to produce the animated feature "The Ant Bully." He spoke with Nicki Gostin.

How did you become involved with this movie?

My son brought a book called "The Ant Bully" home from the school library, and as we were reading it I thought, "This would make a wonderful movie." So the next day I optioned it. He was 5 at the time, and now he's 10, so it's been a long process.

Did you stand over the animators' shoulders and tell them how to draw?

No, but I was closely involved in the script. We had long discussions about whether the ants should be standing up.

Did you ever burn ants when you were a kid?

No, but I remember when we lived in Nevada there were two types of ants, black and red, and I remember putting them in a box and watching them fight.

Your wife, Rita, is on Broadway in "Chicago." Do you go watch her every night?

No! But I was there opening night with a bunch of roses, and I took photos of the audience from backstage.

You must know every line of her role. God forbid she breaks a leg, you could probably step in.

I don't think the producers would really go for that.

You did it in "Bosom Buddies."

Oh, yes, there is a cross- dressing role in my resume.

Rita was in an episode of "The Brady Bunch," where she beat out Marcia for head cheerleader.

Yes, and I remember watching the original episode and thinking, "Man, that cheerleader is cute. …

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