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Tom Hanks Ricky Gervais Feud Laid Bare: ‘He’s On His High Horse’

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Hanks was nominated for an Academy Award for the role, just one of dozens of nominations, adding to the 50 awards won by the Hollywood heavyweight.

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While he’s a regular face at award ceremonies, the 2020 Golden Globes marked a less enjoyable moment, as he was seen looking far from impressed by jokes being told by the host, comedian and actor Ricky Gervais.

Gervais made expletive-filled jokes about diversity in the entertainment business, the rise of streaming, and actors who use their time at the winners’ podium to make political speeches.

The British comedian reflected on Hanks’ less than enthusiastic reaction to his jokes in September 2020.

He told Stuff of Legends host Christian O’Connell: “The big meme was Tom Hanks going: ‘Why is he saying that?’ “And people are going, ‘Oh, look, he’s on his high horse.’ But when Leonardo DiCaprio laughed, people loved him for it.

“I think people who laugh at a joke, they get a round of applause because people go, ‘Oh that’s good, they can take it,’ we don’t want people to be above it.”

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He continued: “We even let people be privileged as long as they say, ‘I know I’m privileged but I’m nothing really,’ we don’t like people to go ‘Oh I deserve it, how dare you talk to me like that.’

Hanks’ first Golden Globes encounter with Gervais came in 2011, when the comedian made a joke about Tim Allen, the star of ‘Toy Story’ among other films.

Gervais said: “What can I say about our next two presenters? The first is an actor, producer and director whose movies have grossed over $3.5billion (£2.7billion) at the box office.

“He’s won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes for his powerful and varied performances, starring in such films as Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Apollo 13 and Saving Private Ryan. The other… is Tim Allen.”

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Hanks arrived on stage and replied: “We remember when was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian – neither of which he is now.”

Gervais later said he “regrets” the joke. He thinks Hanks and Allen didn’t realise that he would have made the joke about whoever was on stage.

Speaking to O’Connell, he also said: “I could say a lot worse things about them, but I don’t want it to get really nasty and for no reason.”

Alamu Tosin

The writer is Alamu Tosin. I have three strong passions in life — football, blogging and movies — in that order. I love spending time with friends talking about the important things in life and hate nothing more than ‘authority’ and hypocrisy. My personal believe in life is that once an individual sets his/her mind to achieve something, it is totally possible. And oh!, I am a strong Lannister, because I always pay my debt. For writing or fixing gigs, contact [email protected]

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