LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Tom Hanks attends the "Elvis" UK Special Screening at BFI Southbank on May 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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Why Tom Hanks Doesn't Watch Most of His Films
Whether he's playing a toy cowboy in “Toy Story,” a stranded FedEx worker in “Castaway,” or a child trapped inside an adult's body in “Big,” Tom Hanks has consistently given memorable performances throughout his long and illustrious career. However, Hanks actually has a difficult time revisiting his work because of the imperfections that he sees and cannot fix.
On “The Great Creators with Guy Raz” podcast, Hanks revealed that rewatching his performances causes him some regret. He said, “I see the loss. I see that one time, 'Oh, man, I missed that opportunity.' [...] And it's not because, at the moment, I chose not to — it's because, after it was done, I realized I didn't go far enough. I didn't go to the place that I could have gone.”
For a profession that requires performers to put themselves out there for people to see, it's fascinating that many notable actors have admitted to never revisiting their work. Although Hanks tries to avoid the frustration of not being able to make changes to many of his amazing performances, he can rest assured that his incredible work speaks for itself.