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Tom Hanks: 'Don't Think I Would' Do WH Screening of 'The Post'

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 Dec 2017 11:40 AM

President Donald Trump can forget about Tom Hanks hosting a private screening of his new journalism movie "The Post" at the White House.

The two-time Oscar winner tells The Hollywood Reporter he wouldn't be comfortable showing his freedom-of-the-press drama to the media-bashing commander in chief.

"I don't think I would. Because I think that at some point — look, I didn't think things were going to be this way last November," Hanks said.

"I would not have been able to imagine that we would be living in a country where neo-Nazis are doing torchlight parades in Charlottesville [Va.] and jokes about Pocahontas are being made in front of the Navajo code talkers.

"This is the moment where, in some ways, our personal choices are going to have to reflect our opinions. We have to start voting, actually, before the election. So, I would probably vote not to go."

Hanks, who plays legendary Post editor Ben Bradlee in the film, added that he's troubled by the way the press is criticized.

"Facts are irrefutable. Well, it turns out people are saying: 'No, facts are not irrefutable. We can decide whatever facts that we want, that we would like,"' he told The Hollywood Reporter.

"Right now, without a doubt, there are people in power trying to — if not quash or stop the right to publication, [then at least] denigrate it to the point [where] they are saying there is no truth to it whatsoever."

"The Post," which co-stars Meryl Streep as Post publisher Katharine Graham and is directed by Steven Spielberg, tells of The Washington Post's struggles in 1971 to deal with the Pentagon Papers, leaked documents that exposed a massive cover-up of government secrets about the Vietnam War.

The movie, from 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks, is rated PG-13 for language and brief war violence lands in New York theaters on Dec. 22, followed by a nationwide release on Jan. 12, 2018.

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