HANKS TO APPEAR ON LONDON STAGE
ADDED: 09.10.02. SOURCE: ANANOVA
Hanks is to make his West End debut next month when he joins
the cast of This Is Our Youth.
Damon and Hayden Christensen have already appeared in the production
at London's Garrick Theatre.
will co-star with Kieran Culkin and Alison Lohman from 13 November
reports What's On Stage.
stars in the forthcoming film Orange County which is
released in the UK on 8 November. BACK
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HANKS LEAVES GROSS-OUT FLICKS BEHIND
- Colin Hanks isn't an enormous fan of the spit takes and body-fluids-in-beer
gags that pepper many of the teen movies that have invaded movie
more interested in character than I am in practical jokes, because
I think the jokes can be more funny once you know what the characters
are like," Colin says in his hotel room in Toronto.
"I think character interaction and story is much more interesting
than, you know, semen in the beer jokes. I don't mean
to single out American Pie but, you know, what's the
harm in having a different kind of teen movie?"
trailers for Colin's new teen comedy Orange County first
hit, it looked as though the flick would be just another gross-out
comedy, complete with Jack Black's (High Fidelity, Shallow
Hal) wild, racy antics to fill the slapstick quotient.
Orange County, surprisingly, has more heart than your
average Road Trip. The audience roots for Colin's
character to escape from his nutty family and make it to university,
only to find themselves praying he stays with his wholesome
girlfriend and make amends with his insane parents.
first time I saw the movie I said, 'Wow, we're really trying
to pull some string here,'" Colin says. "We're
really pulling people's heart chords here a little bit."
who admits he's been in "some really bad teen movies"
(Get Over It, Whatever It Takes), doesn't think teenage
movie-goers have been given enough credit lately, and hopes
upcoming teen flicks get an additional few I.Q. points above
the average of their predecessors.
don't know why they don't make enough smart teen movies,"
he says. "I thought Ghost World was a great
movie, but that's an indie movie that not a lot of people are
going to go see. Teens make up a huge chunk of the movie-going
public but obviously not all of them are craving that intellectual
kind of movie, but I hope that they sort of go in that direction.
I think it's flattering that I would sort of see part of that."
Colin is quick to point out that he and the rest of the Orange
County team don't want to consider themselves the "moral
police" of teen comedies. He also likes to have some
fun - he just wants to make sure there's something left once
the formerly geeky girl becomes the prom queen or the jock swallows
some nasty fluids at a party.
you're worried that there won't be any laughs in Orange County,
consider Jack Black, who plays Colin's stoner brother in the
movie and manages to run around in his underwear for most of
a huge Jack Black fan," says Colin. "I've seen
the majority of his movies, even the really bad movies like
Neverending Story 3 and I'm a huge fan of his bad (Tenacious
D), as well. The only thing that was hard about working
with him was trying not to laugh during the takes."
says that if he'd been told four years ago he'd get to co-star
with Jack, he'd never have believed it. Just because Colin's
the son of a famous actor (Tom Hanks, of course) doesn't mean
his transition into the movie world has been a breeze.
The 24-year-old actor who, in addition to his teen romps, has
starred on the TV show Roswell and in the mini-series
Band of Brothers, says the roles he's offered are sometimes
limited in variety. He also hasn't lined up a new project
yet to follow up Orange County.
might assume that the actor entered the family business simply
because it was a natural fit, given the enormous success of
his father. But, although Colin is interested in a variety
of subjects (including photography, music engineering, and Buddhism),
acting was the only thing that he really excelled at.
took my sweet time trying to decide what it is I wanted to do,
what I liked, what I didn't like, and acting was the one thing
that I really enjoyed," he says. "I love doing
it, and it was the thing that I felt that I was the best at.
I was a horrible student, really bad. I wasn't the most
academic kid of the block, so it was a great choice to be able
to get good grades on something I really enjoyed doing."
was during his freshman year that Colin began testing the acting
waters. Coincidentally, a year of his university career
was spent as Chapman University in...Orange County.
is a little bit larger than life, and we play up the stereotype
a bit," Colin says about the real Orange County versus
the movie version.
it does have] that sort of surfer mentality of parties, very
mellow, slow-going kind of place, very conservative sort of
place and yet very dysfunctional at times, too. But overall,
I like Orange County. I think it's a great place."
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HANKS' FATHER KNOWS BEST?
- From TV Guide Online:
most youngsters, and they'll tell you that figuring out what
you want to be when you grow up is hard. But ask the son
of two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks and actress Samantha Lewes,
and he'll tell you that it's really hard.
parents] were always supportive," 24-year-old Colin Hanks
tells TV Guide Online. "They never said, 'Do
[go into showbiz]' or, 'Don't do it.' They said, 'Whatever
you want to do, go for it. And if you want to [perform]
as a profession, you could cut it, but you've got to really
other words, Hanks' folks placed the burden of career planning
squarely on his shoulders. "[They said], 'You've
got to make the decision,'" he recalls, "which was
the best thing they could have possibly done. And they
saw every play I ever did, even when I wasn't living in Los
former Roswell regular finally settled upon a direction
for his life through a process of elimination. "I
came to a conclusion that I really, really enjoyed [acting],
and it was the one thing that I was good at," he laughs.
"I was a horrible student, and I was sick of the question,
'What's your major?'"
the former theatre major was able to put his experience
as an undeclared collegian to good use in his work on the new
film Orange County (now playing in the US) - though not
in the way that you'd probably assume. Given his family's
blessing to matriculate anywhere he liked, he briefly enrolled
at Chapman University in Orange County, California - the very
county from which his feature character is desperately trying
didn't do the college thing right. I didn't know where
I wanted to go, and I just sort of ended up picking a spot,"
he admits. "It's a great school, and I learned a
lot there. But to be quite honest, I picked it because
it had the nicest dorms."
a good way," he concludes, "to pick where you're going
to go to college!" BACK
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HEADS TO ORANGE COUNTY
- According to the Hollywood Reporter, Colin Hanks is
set to headline Paramount Pictures' new comedy Orange County
for MTV Films.
film goes before the camera at the end of the month in Los Angeles
and Hanks will shoot it simultaneously with his WB Network series.
written by Mike White (Chuck & Buck, Dawson's
Creek), is about a high school senior (Hanks) at an Orange
County, Ca., high school who dreams of going to Stanford University.
Things go awry, however, when his guidance counsellor mistakenly
sends out the wrong transcripts and ruins his chances of getting
in. A series of mishaps occurs as he makes several attempts
to get into the school. As his dream slowly slips away,
he begins to gain an appreciation of everything he has around
will next star in the HBO drama A Band of Brothers which
is being helmed by his father Tom Hanks and Miramax's romantic
comedy Get Over It opposite Kirsten Dunst and Ben Foster.
- zap2it.com. BACK
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- Colin Hanks, one of the cast of the WB's Roswell TV
series is talking about how much he enjoys working on the programme.
While talking to the NY Daily News, the actor commented
on his feeling of security on the series, saying, "I'm
just happy to be working. I'm just a 22-year-old actor
in L.A. who works consistently. That's what really comforts
me, that I'm working and I have money to put food on the table."
the second season of the show, Hanks says, "We know more
about their history and their purpose. We're seven episode
deep [into production]. We've been exploring all sorts
of story lines about other aliens out to get us and trying to
keep it a secret... We push the science fiction now, which is
great because it opens up so many doors."
also talks very favourably about last year's fan campaign to
keep the show on the air, saying, "It was great.
That way, you know that people are actually watching the show
and they like it... It's praise for a job well done."
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