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Tom Hank’s enjoyed being bad.
Tom Hanks and Sam Mendes interviewed at the recent Venice Film Festival, where Road To Perdition had its international premiere.

Tom Hanks says he enjoyed playing “someone who is truly feared” in Road To Perdition.

In the film Hanks ‘plays against type’ as Michael Sullivan. He is a gun touting assassin for gangland boss John Rooney, played by Paul Newman.

In interview Hanks talks about donning the big coat and hat, carrying the weapon and watching people’s “heart rise” as he entered the room.

Tom Hanks and Sam Mendes discuss the themes surrounding Road To Perdition in this Internet exclusive video footage filmed at the recent Venice Film Festival.

Hanks also talks about the constant learning process of an actor, especially when working alongside Hollywood legend Paul Newman.

Hanks said: “You never stop being intimidated by legendary weight that someone like Paul Newman brings….I want to have his ease. We also would like to have his command of the room when he stands up and speaks….

“You never stop the learning process as an actor because just as you think you’ve figured it out you have to work with a guy like Paul Newman you’ve got to be able to stand up to him.”

Sam Mendes talks about embracing the traditional movie genre and the danger in the obsession in filming in new ways, as well as the great partnership with Conrad L Hall.

Tom Hanks and Sam Mendes interviewed at the recent Venice Film Festival, where Road To Perdition had its international premiere.  @ www.contactmusic.com
Tom Hanks and Sam Mendes interviewed at the recent Venice Film Festival, where Road To Perdition had its international premiere.  @ www.contactmusic.com
Tom Hanks and Sam Mendes interviewed at the recent Venice Film Festival, where Road To Perdition had its international premiere.  @ www.contactmusic.com
Tom Hanks and Sam Mendes interviewed at the recent Venice Film Festival, where Road To Perdition had its international premiere.  @ www.contactmusic.com
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