Tom Hanks, who recovered from Covid-19 earlier this year, said he “had no respect” for those who refused to wear a mask in public during the pandemic.
The actor and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the coronavirus during filming in Australia in March.
Many governments now recommend face covers, but they are not required in most places.
Hanks said, “I don’t understand, I just don’t understand, it’s literally the least you can do. ”
The actor was talking to the Associated Press about face covers while promoting his latest film.
“If someone wants to build an argument to do as little as possible, I would not trust them with a driver’s license,” he said.
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“I mean, when driving a car, you have to respect the speed limits, you have to use your turn signals [indicators], you should avoid hitting pedestrians. If you cannot do these three things, you should not drive a car.
“If you can’t wear a mask and wash your hands and social distance, I have no respect for you, man.” I am not buying your argument. “
The refusal of certain members of the public to wear masks is a particular problem in the United States, which is the world leader in deaths and infections by coronavirus.
President Donald Trump had already expressed opposition to them, but he changed his tone last week, telling Fox News that he was “all for masks.”
Hanks won the Oscar twice, winning the Best Actor Award for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump in the 1990s.
His new film, Greyhound, was originally scheduled to hit theaters, but will now be shown on Apple TV.
Many cinemas around the world remain closed to slow the spread of infections in the midst of the pandemic, but they are now allowed to open in the UK.
“We are all sorry that this film is not being shown in cinemas,” Hanks told AFP. “But with that removed as a possibility, we ended up with that as a reality. ”
In another interview with Reuters, Hanks said that Greyhound was made for “a large, massive immersive experience that can only really come out when you are in a movie theater with at least 100 other people.”
But with the coronavirus pandemic, “we have to roll with these punches” and put it online for home viewing, he said.
In the film, Hanks plays Commander Ernest Krause, a naval officer embarking on his first mission in World War II.
Hanks also wrote the screenplay, adapting it to CS Forester’s 1955 novel The Good Shepherd.
In his three-star review of the film, Ian Freer of Empire said the film was “a serious and well-intentioned slice of WWII naval history, full of compelling details and good deed, but lacking in scale and dynamics to make you really feel. ”
Gabriella Geisinger of Digital Spy’s noted: “Greyhound really suffers from the small screen. It is supposed to be a naval epic, whose stakes and fighting on the high seas, with gunshots in the dark as the spray is washed on board, are made less visceral on a small screen in your relatively well-lit living room . ”
“Greyhound is an effective and satisfying war film,” writes Kevin Crust in the Los Angeles Times. “In this respect, it is a new revelation of familiar elements, carried by the powerfully discreet performances. ”
He added: “It is understandable that Sony went digital by selling Greyhound” to Apple TV +, but it would have been a particularly good movie to live on the big screen in an auditorium. ”
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