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Leaps of faith and appetites for work attract Tom Hanks
Leaps of faith and appetites for work attract Tom Hanks

In 1979, when Tom Hanks was just another struggling New York actor, he withdrew a biography of Walt Disney from the public library and found himself fascinated by the animator's story, in particular his tenaciousness in the face of early professional struggles. "Walt had so many business setbacks that would have broken other guys," Hanks said. "His ability to see potential in this goofy little art form makes him an equal to, I'm sorry, Picasso or Steve Jobs or anybody like that." Thirty-five years later, Hanks, 57, is one of cinema's biggest stars and one of the very few actors alive who could get away with playing Disney on screen, as he does...

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