Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks called out those who are opting to not wear a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic after he and his wife Rita Williams had just recovered from the virus. 

In a virtual press conference that took place for his new movie Greyhound, Hanks said, “There’s really only three things we can do in order to get to tomorrow: Wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands. Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things – I just think shame on you. Don’t be a p—-. Get on with it, do your part. It’s very basic. If you’re driving a car, you don’t go too fast, you use your turn signal and you avoid hitting pedestrians. My Lord, it’s common sense.”

Hanks and Williams had come down with the virus in Australia, but are now fully recovered. When asked how he and his wife were doing, Hanks responded, “Oh, as the canaries in the coal mine for the COVID-19 experience, we are fine. We had about 10 days of very uncomfortable symptoms. Not life-threatening, we’re happy to say. We were isolated in order to keep an eye on ourselves because if our temperatures had spiked, if our lungs had filled, if any number of things had gone wrong with this, we would have needed expert medical care. We didn’t. I guess we were model recoverers from COVID-19, but we were also isolated so that we would not give it to anybody else that we came in contact with, and since then have been doing the same isolating, social distancing that is being asked of the world so, we are fine.”

Hanks has written the screenplay for the upcoming movie and will also be playing the character Ernest Krause who is a World War II United States Navy commander who is given the task of defending a merchant ship convoy that is under attack by submarines. 


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Greyhound was originally going to be released in theaters, but due to the coronavirus shutdown, the film will now be streamed on Apple TV+ which was acquired from Sony Pictures. It will be available for streaming on July 10.

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