Tom Hanks Really Might Be The Nicest Guy Ever. See How A Typewriter Helped Prove it.
When the movie star got a letter from a young fan who was being bullied, he thought of a special way to show his support.
Everyone knows that Tom Hanks is a nice guy - and not just because he recently played Mr. Rogers in a movie about the beloved children's entertainer's life. He just seems genuinely likable and down-to-earth (a rare combination for a rich and famous movie star).
The actor and his wife, Rita Wilson, were among the first celebrities to report that they had been diagnosed with the coronavirus in early March. The couple self-quarantined in Australia for almost a month to recover before returning to the United States.
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson self-quarantined in Australia. @tomhanks
"Hey, Folks...We're home now, and like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing," Hanks tweeted on March 28th.
Recently, Hanks got a letter from a young fan in Australia who wanted to check in on their health.
The 8-year-old boy named Corona De Vries wrote, "I heard on the news you and your wife had caught the coronavirus. Are you ok?"
Turns out, the boy was being bullied at school because of his name, and that he got "very sad and angry" when the other kids made fun of him.
"I love my name," Corona said. "But people call me the coronavirus."
The Forrest Gump star quickly typed up a response to the boy's letter.
Hanks wrote a heartfelt letter to his new friend Corona, and sent him a Corona typewriter. @tomhanks
"Your letter made my wife and I feel so wonderful," Hanks wrote. "Thank you for being such a good friend. Friends make their friends feel good when they are down."
He said that Corona's name was unique, and that it should be celebrated.
"You know, you are the only person I've ever known to have the name Corona – like the ring around the sun, a crown." - Tom Hanks
Hanks ended the letter by saying, "You've got a friend in me!"
The letter wasn't the only thing Corona would get in the mail from the Hollywood star. Hanks sent the boy a vintage Corona typewriter, saying in his note: "I thought this typewriter would suit you."
Hanks encouraged the boy to use the vintage black typewriter to write him back.