Reason Tom Hanks Is ‘Feuding’ With Ricky Gervais

Tom Hanks Ricky Gervais: The reason the award-winning actor is 'feuding' with the comedian has been revealed.
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The reason Tom Hanks is ‘feuding’ with comedian Ricky Gervais has been revealed. 

It all started when the Hollywood actor attended the 2011 Golden Globes, where the After Life creator made a series of jokes when on stage.

At the time, Gervais referred to Hanks’ former Toy Story co-star, Tim Allen, saying: “What can I say about our next two presenters? The first is an actor, producer and director whose movies have grossed over $3.5billion (£2.7billion) at the box office.

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“He’s won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes for his powerful and varied performances, starring in such films as Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Apollo 13 and Saving Private Ryan. The other… is Tim Allen.”

When Hanks then got up on stage, he responded to Gervais, quipping: “We remember when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian – neither of which he is now.”

Fast forward to 2020 and the actor appeared ‘uncomfortable’ once again with the now 60-year-old when he was on stage, this time making a series of expletive jokes.

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Several times throughout Gervais’ speech, the camera would flash over to Hank, who seemed less than impressed.

When questioned about this by Stuff of Legends host Christian O’Connell, Gervais replied: “The big meme was Tom Hanks going: ‘Why is he saying that?’. And people are going, ‘Oh, look, he’s on his high horse’. But when Leonardo DiCaprio laughed, people loved him for it.”

The funnyman added: “I think people who laugh at a joke, they get a round of applause because people go, ‘Oh that’s good, they can take it,’ we don’t want people to be above it.”

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