Though the play has received mixed reviews, critics are unanimous in their praise for Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron's 'Lucky Guy'
Tom Hanks has always plied his trade in the upper rungs of Hollywood's big-budget movies. You want a good looking extravagant type, you try for Johnny Depp. You want a brooding lead who can do action and suspense, you try for Brad Pitt. You want the older looking detective, the revered army general, or simply someone experienced and classy enough to carry off a unique and perhaps risky role, you look at Tom Hanks. Though Daniel Day-Lewis was very much the man of the moment in 2013 - winning his third Best Actor Oscar for Lincoln - Hanks shouldn't be discounted, as his latest venture proves.
This week, he made his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy to universal acclaim from critics. Though there were mixed reviews for much of the production - which Ephron was writing when she died last year - the individual performance of Hanks was undeniable. Variety magazine said he took "to the stage like a fish to water," while the New York Post said he was "the star of the show."
Michael Musto of the Village Voice said, "There's a lot of narration in Nora Ephron's last work, Lucky Guy, but that quickly becomes the point [...] Hanks is terrific at capturing the writer's gumption, drive, and vulnerability."
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Tom Hank's movies are among the most successful in the world and he is still one of the most prized actors across the western hemisphere. Although he's been in 50 movies and a whole host of television roles, he has never acted on Broadway but Hanks is now set to make his debut in 'Lucky Guy', a play by Nora Ephron, who died earlier this year aged 71.
Ephron and Hanks already had substantial history as Hanks has starred in two of her most successful films; Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail. Hank's role in her this posthumous production of her writing will be somewhat a homage to her memory. The LA Times says that “'Lucky Guy' is based on the life of tabloid journalist Mike McAlary, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for his commentary on the Abner Louima scandal that ran in the New York Daily News. Hanks will play the colorful journalist, who died of cancer the same year.”
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Hanks said “It’s heartbreaking to consider [Nora's] absence, but we will continue on be guided by people who have no small desire to maintain her voice... It’s the third great collaboration I would’ve had with Nora, and we actually talked about it for a long time prior, so I think everybody around the table will be able to predict how she would’ve felt about some of our suggestions. We’ll all keep each other honest.”
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Nicholas Pileggi and Nora Ephron - Nicholas Pileggi and Nora Ephron New York City, USA - The Public Theater presents the opening night celebration for Shakespeare in the Park's 'Measure For Measure' at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park - Arrivals Thursday 30th June 2011