- Academy Award winner, 67, has been spotted in 8 films needing to use toilet
- Films include Green Mile, Forest Gump, Captain Phillips and the Da Vinci Code
- Fans suggest scene is used as a ‘good luck charm’ for awards by the star
Boasting a glittering career spanning over three decades, Tom Hanks is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
He has delighted audiences with Oscar-winning performances in Forest Gump and Philadelphia as well as turns in blockbusters like The Da Vinci Code and Toy Story.
But it’s not his impressive acting chops that have caught the eye of eagle-eyed fans online.
The actor, 67, has been spotted in at least eight movies in which scenes have been centered around his character’s need to use the toilet.
One movie lover took to Reddit to search for further answers, reported LadBible.
The fan wrote in the post: ‘Tom Hanks pees or has a direct reference to a bathroom emergency in a majority of his A-list movies.’
Firing off a list of the moments in which Hanks’ character needs to pee, the fan detailed each scene in films where he had made a quick dash for the loo.
In Forrest Gump, the character’s only words while meeting President John F Kennedy are: ‘I gotta pee.’
Meanwhile, in The Green Mile, his character Paul Edgecomb suffers with a urinary tract infection and complains that he ‘p**ses razor blades.’
In The Terminal, Hanks’ character Viktor Navorski waits for most of the day by a pay phone for a callback, refusing to leave his position for fear of missing a response regarding a job application.
Once Navorski learns that the position has been filled, he makes a beeline for the bathroom.
When Hanks plays the eponymous character in Captain Phillips, he urinates off the side of a rescue boat before diving into the sea to escape his captors.
In The Da Vinci Code, symbologist Robert Langdon tells the inspector that he has to go to the bathroom as an excuse to slip away and continue his investigation alone.
The Golden Globe winner also has urine-related scenes in The Money Pit, A League Of Their Own, Cast Away and Apollo 13.
One Reddit user suggested after noticing the pattern: ‘He has them all in his biggest movies, it’s a power move/good luck charm for awards.’
Another fan speculated: ‘I wonder if this is the Tom Hanks specific version of giving a dog to a character in a movie to establish the character as a hero such as Maximus in Gladiator.
‘Having Hanks deal in urine makes his character approachable because everyone pees but without infringing on his good guy status.’
The actor has yet to address the unusual habit performed in his roles, and so the reasoning behind the action is still up for speculation, while various theories pickle the brains of fans across the globe.
In July, Cillian Murphy admitted that had to get into some ‘unhealthy’ habits for his lead role in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer and says he doesn’t want to smoke on screen again.
The Irish actor frequently lit up cigarettes’ on set to truly transform into Robert Oppenheimer – the scientist and ‘father of the atomic bomb’ who relied on cigarettes and martinis to fuel his genius.
Murphy was smoking fake cigarettes and a fake pipe, but even prop cigarettes can contain harmful materials – which Murphy no longer wants to consume.