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Tom Hanks' concerns over Walt Disney role

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Tom Hanks was apprehensive about taking on the iconic role of Walt Disney in the upcoming film "Saving Mr. Banks," because he feared he wouldn't be able to do the movie legend justice. The project centers on how the "Mary Poppins" author, P.L. Travers, turned her work into a big-screen classic, but despite sharing the spotlight with actress Emma Thompson, who plays Travers, Hanks admits the idea of portraying Disney was daunting.

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He tells Eonline, "I don't want to piss anybody off. I want to be accurate, more than anything else. John Lee Hancock is the director, and it's really the story of Emma Thompson more than it's about me, so, you know, I don't want to screw up." And to ensure he was well-prepared, the star reveals he did as much research as possible so as not to disappoint die-hard fans.

He adds, "I went up to the Disney Family Museum at the Presidio in San Francisco. At first, I just went up to meet Diane Disney, who is Walt's daughter, and some of the staff up there, but then they invited me back up again on a day it was closed. ... They just opened up all the exhibits for me, and I saw every piece of film and heard every piece of audio. I also have like 39 hours of informal interviews. It's one thing to see him when he talks on TV, but another thing to get him when he's just having a conversation ...

"He's a fascinating guy, because what we have is this benevolent animator who would introduce us to his cartoon characters. But what he was very tough, competitive and a very loyal businessman that invented an art form that is still going great guns today."

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Nov 15, 2012 8:13AM
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HA! I like that Tom Hanks is worried about being "legendary." Check, done!
Nov 15, 2012 10:41AM
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Don't worry, Tom I'm sure you'll do an amazing job portraying Walt. And I can't thank Walt and all the imagineers enough for giving us Walt Disney World. I would live there if I could! It's just such a shame Walt didn't live to see it up and running. I'll be there in a couple of weeks, for about the thirty-fifth time, and I can't wait. All the Christmas lights will be on, some of the new Fantasyland expansion will be open (and it looks amazing) and the newly renovated Test Track will also be open. Can't wait to ride that!
Nov 15, 2012 11:39AM
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Tom Hanks GETS it.  Thusly, I can think of no one else that could be entrusted with such a daunting task as portraying the legendary Walt.  Tom is it.  Thank you, Sir.
Nov 15, 2012 10:43AM
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Boring?  Disney touched everyone of us.   His gamble on Disneyland was beyond anything. Everyone, including his brother, advised him to forget it.   Why is Disney worse than anyother corporation?   Corporations try to make a profit.   That Walt Disney may have been a racist, so was John Wayne but those were the times.  Almost every white person in the U.S. was a racist at the time.  Look up sundowner laws.  
Nov 27, 2012 12:25PM
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Tom honey you KNOW that you can do Walt justice. I can not think of anyone better for this role. You rock!
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