Some Washington, D.C., residents may have gotten quite a surprise on one Halloween night in the '90s when Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, and Arnold Schwarzenegger teamed up to go trick-or-treating.
"We were in Washington D.C. on Halloween," Hanks recounted Saturday in an interview at a British Academy of Film and Television Arts event.
"And it just so happened Arnold Schwarzenegger was in town doing 'True Lies' ... So me and my kids, Sean and Robin [Wright] and their kids and Arnold and his kids went out trick or treating together, in Georgetown. If anyone was to come out of their house to see who’s on the sidewalk, they're going to win the celebrity lottery here. Arnold was saying to us 'come on, hurry up, you snooze you lose, get up there with your candy.'"
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Hanks shared many behind-the-scenes anecdotes like that during the BAFTA interview, which was part of the Academy's "Life in Pictures" series.
BBC presenter Francine Stock hosted the Q&A and asked Hanks how he feels about the perception of himself as an "American hero."
"It's me. I don't know how else to put it. At the end of the day I'm as confused by this inexplicable thing that’s happened. I am not, by and large, a bigger than life persona," he said.
"I think I view myself as a guy that if I had been a good student I could be a historian. And if I had been good at science I could be a doctor. I’m not good at any of those things so I'm an actor."
He also described what it's like to be forever associated with the character Forrest Gump.
"Every time I walk into somebody’s living room for the first time they always say 'son of a gun, Forrest Gump in my living room,'" he said. "Elevator rides with people 'oh I can’t believe, Forrest Gump in the same elevator as I am.' I get it, I get it.
"Movies like that, that’s bottling lightning man, it will be with me forever, and I always welcome that moment 'I can’t believe it, Forrest Gump is in the same Chinese restaurant as I am!'"
Hanks was also in London earlier this month at the BFI London Film Festival for the "Captain Phillips" premiere. Another of his upcoming movies, "Saving Mr. Banks," will close the festival.
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