You already know that Tom Hanks is considered (?) the greatest actor of his generation: winner of two Oscars, seven Primetime Emmy Awards and eight Golden Globe Awards; Starring in such favorite movies as Sleepless in Seattle, BIG and Forrest Gump. well guess what. He is also an excellent novelist.
His debut novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece (May 9), is an engrossing and often humorous tale that moves from 1947 to 1970 and then to the present day during the filming of a groundbreaking superhero action movie based on an earlier comic She goes. The series, adapted from the novel by Hanks and written by R.J. Illustrated by Sikorek.
Essentially, it’s a poignant tribute to cinema, which the veteran actor, renowned for his good nature, portrays as a highly unpredictable mix of the magical and the mundane, utterly tiresome, sometimes boring but ultimately very exciting.
Film lovers will eat the book.
The story begins in 1947, when a boy named Robbie Anderson, growing up in the sleepy town of Lone Butte, California, meets his troubled Uncle Bob after returning from the war. Robbie is infatuated with his mother’s brother, who drinks and rides a motorcycle. The story moves to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1970s, where Robbie is a young artist working for Kool Katz Comics, drawing a comic about a heroic World War II soldier based on Uncle Bob. Writing strip.
The story then jumps to 1990, the year filming begins on the movie, a Marvel-style blockbuster called Nightshade: The Lath of Firefall, based on Robbie’s old comic book characters. And where do the makers decide to shoot after scouting for possible locations? Nothing more and nothing less than Lone Butte, which for decades has been “the perfect example of any typical town in the country, a time capsule, inside a world of snow without ice”, empty of life and where, therefore, to become has decayed. It would be child’s play to film”.
But making a film is not a child’s play. In fact, each day (there should only be 53 shooting days) brings new dilemmas and perils, such as the frustration of dealing with a very self-centered lead, a strange stalking lead, and last-minute cast changes. . Most of the problems are ultimately solved by a few highly competent and efficient crew members, who play their roles with quiet authority and, Hanks suggests, are the films’ true heroes despite remaining invisible to the moviegoers. Cinema (and probably for many movie stars) .