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 peoples 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.
We have an online exclusive interview with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman about their staring role in the critically acclaimed Sam Mendes film Road To Perdition. The interview footage includes previously unseen clips from the film.
Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia) heads the cast of the drama Road to Perdition, under the direction of Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty).
Hanks stars as Michael Sullivan, a hit man for an Irish gang in the Depression-era Midwest. When his work crosses into his private life, leading to the death of his beloved wife and son, Sullivan and his surviving son set out on a journey of retribution and redemption.
Road to Perdition also stars Oscar-winning screen legend Paul Newman (The Color of Money), Oscar nominee Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley), Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle), Emmy and Golden Globe winner Stanley Tucci (Winchell, Conspiracy), Daniel Craig (Elizabeth), newcomer Tyler Hoechlin and young actor Liam Aiken (Stepmom).
Academy Award winner Richard D. Zanuck (Driving Miss Daisy), Dean Zanuck and Sam Mendes produced Road to Perdition, with Walter F. Parkes (Gladiator) and Joan Bradshaw (Cast Away) serving as executive producers.
Sam Mendes directed the film from a screenplay by David Self (Thirteen Days), based upon the graphic novel written by Max Allan Collins and illustrated by Richard Piers Rayner. Road to Perdition is a co-production of DreamWorks Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox, with DreamWorks distributing the film domestically and Twentieth Century Fox handling the international release.
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