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Every Movie Role Tom Hanks Turned Down!

Could Tom Hanks have saved Batman Forever?

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When you hear the name Tom Hanks enter a conversation, your mind will likely wander off to your own personal favourite performance given by the legendary thespian.

Perhaps you remember a sweet and joyous childhood, enhanced by a talking cowboy called Woody and his pals in Toy Story. Maybe you simply can't stop yourself from screaming "WILSON!" at the top of your lungs, much like Chuck Noland in Cast Away. Or you might just shed a tear at the thought of Captain John H. Miller's death in Saving Private Ryan.

Away from those and many more outstanding turns, though, everyone's favourite Tom very nearly appeared in a number of other all-time greats, and a few all-time flops, which likely would have had a huge impact on his now iconic career... for better or worse.

Over the years, the two-time Academy Award winner has turned down eventual sci-fi classics, esteemed dramas that any actor would be more than happy to put on their CV and even the chance to don one of the most famous costumes in all of pop culture.

Everybody wanted a piece of the Hanks. But, for a variety of reasons, these particular projects had no choice but to look elsewhere...

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