Tom Hanks says he couldn’t play gay role today ‘and rightly so’

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 In 1993, Tom Hanks portrayed a lawyer, Andrew Beckett, a gay man with HIV who was fired from his job after his sexuality was discovered.

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The actor had a conversation with New York Times, and said that a straight man could not do what he did in Philadelphia

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He is quoted saying that no straight man could accept the inauthenticity of a straight guy playing a gay guy.

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 He further quotes that it is not a crime if people demand more of a movie in the modern realm of authenticity

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 While receiving his oscar he recognised that many gay men had died beause of HIV and AIDS.

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He adds that his work in this case has been magnified by the fact that heaven is crowded with angels

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Furthemore, he said that we know their names and that they now rest in the warm embrace of the gracious creator of us all.

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The 1993 film was one of the first mainstream films to address HIV/AIDS and homophobia.

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