TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 10: Steven Spielberg attends "The Fabelmans" Premiere during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 10, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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One Of Steven Spielberg's Few Regrets Is Not Directing This Tom Hanks Film
By Jeremy Smith
Nothing screams "must-see" quite like a new Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks collaboration. They're the dream duo of modern American cinema and while they have worked together on five films, there is one Tom Hanks-led movie of which Spielberg wishes he had been at the helm.
If the two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker had been able to swing it, he would've loved to direct Hanks in 1993's "Philadelphia." The Jonathan Demme-directed drama garnered Hanks his first Academy Award and when Spielberg saw the film he was blown away.
As Spielberg explained in a 2016 interview, he considers it "[O]ne of the most noble statements I had seen in film," adding, “[it] was one of the most shattering experiences I've had seeing a movie.” Considering that Spielberg was filming “Schindler's List” at the time and Demme’s deft handling of the film is still an awe-inspiring achievement in directing, perhaps things ended up the way they were meant to be.