Hollywood star Tom Hanks refused to watch the original The Ladykillers
movie before filming the remake, because he didn't want to be intimated by SIR
Alec Guinness' performance.
The 47-year-old actor deliberately avoided the 1955 comedy because he
feared Alexander Mackendrick's version would threaten his acting abilities in
the Coen Brothers' film.
Hanks confesses, "I'm sure I would have been intimidated by Alec Guinness
and that's the last thing I need. So I didn't bother watching it. You can't do
anything about comparisons. Legends like that stand on their own.
"I just go out, do my job and see whether it works. I wouldn't have gotten
involved if this had been a straight remake. If it's already been done
successfully one way, why bother? But the Coens weren't interested in that
either, so it gave us a
free hand to reinterpret."