Tom Hanks has revealed the one reason he and his family will never forget Sydney. The  two-time Oscar winning actor was back in the Harbour City for the premiere of his new movie Elvis when he spoke to host Lisa Wilkinson on the Sunday Project about his return Down Under.

‘Well let me tell you something about the city of Sydney – it’s very big in our family,’ began Hanks, who was standing alongside director Baz Luhrmann. ‘The notoriety of Sydney is quite frankly not only in the Hanks family, but around the world, because Sydney is where I caught Covid,’ he said, to laughter from the show’s panellists.

Tom and wife Rita Wilson were diagnosed with Covid-19 in March, 2020, while Hanks was shooting Elvis. Announcing the news via Instagram March 11, Tom wrote: ‘Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too.

‘To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.’ Tom and Rita received treatment at Gold Coast University Hospital in Australia.

On Sunday night, Hanks was joined by his Elvis co-stars Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge, as well as the film’s director Baz Luhrmann, to lead the luminaries on the State Theatre red carpet.

Hanks, 65, was dapper in black suede shoes during his animated cameo in which he gave a double-finger point. The Saving Private Ryan actor slipped a black jacket on over a white dress shirt and a slate grey tie.On his lower half, Hanks wore black trousers and black suede shoes. He excitedly pointed for the cameras as he posed up a storm on the red carpet.


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