Tom Hanks reveals what led him to participate in the movie ‘Splash’

Tom Hanks reveals what led him to participate in the movie ‘Splash’

A small role in “Happy Days” led to a big role in “Splash,” according to Tom Hanks.

One of Hanks’ first times as the lead was in the movie “Splash.” The actor said a small guest appearance (in which he made a big impact) on “Happy Days” helped him land the lead role in the 1984 film.

Hanks guest-starred in an episode of “Happy Days” in 1982. His character, physician and karate expert Dr. Dwayne Twitchell, kicked Fonzie, who was played by Henry Winkler.

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Tom Hanks said on “The Jess Cagle Show” that his guest appearance on “Happy Days” was what landed him the role of Allen Bauer in the movie “Splash.”
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“I kicked Fonzie,” Hanks said on an episode of SiriusXM’s “The Jess Cagle Show.” “I dressed in a karate judo outfit. And I think I’m the legendary first guy to punch Fonzie. I kicked him through the Al’s Drive-in window.”

According to Hanks, this karate kick was what led to his being cast opposite Daryl Hannah in Ron Howard’s “Splash.”

“Ron Howard had already left the show, he was directing, and they had written this movie called ‘Splash.’ And it was at Disney, and nobody wanted to work for Disney, and nobody would take the job,” Hanks said.

Tom Hanks played Dr. Dwayne Twitchell in an episode of

Tom Hanks played Dr. Dwayne Twitchell in an episode of “Happy Days” called “A Little Case of Revenge” in 1982.
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“And they finally said, ‘Hey, this guy who kicked Fonzie through a glass window might be good.’ So I ended up auditioning for it,” she explained.

The romance film, which also stars Hannah, Eugene Levy and John Candy, ended up being a huge success, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

Some of the more recent Tom Hanks movies are

Some of the more recent Tom Hanks movies are “Elvis,” “Pinocchio,” and “A Man Called Otto.”
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The film also helped launch Hanks’ career. After “Splash”, a series of films popular for Hanks followed, including “Big”, “Turner & Hooch”, “A League of Their Own”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Forrest Gump”, “Toy Story”, “Saving Private Ryan,” “Castaway” and “The Polar Express,” to his most recent movies, “Elvis,” “Pinocchio” and “A Man Called Otto.”

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