Tom Hanks: I’m actually thrilled that Apple TV+ is making it possible for everybody to see ‘Greyhound’

Oscar winner Tom Hanks joins NBC’s TODAY co-anchor Hoda Kotb to talk about how he and his wife Rita Wilson are doing after contracting COVID-19, as well as about his new film, Greyhound, a World War II drama debuting on Apple TV+ on July 10th.

Hanks clarified earlier comments reported by The Guardian regarding Greyhound which, uh, may have been misconstrued.

Tom Hanks WWII film ‘Greyhound’ to premiere on Apple TV+
Tom Hanks WWII film ‘Greyhound’ to premiere exclusively on Apple TV+


I’m actually thrilled that Apple TV+ is making it possible for everybody to see it… the day after my 64th birthday, thank you very much! (laughs)

This is a magnificent gift that’s come to us because of Apple because COVID-19 did something heartbreaking to us all: it closed down the theaters. We don’t have the cinema. There isn’t anybody that doesn’t like going to see a good movie with 800 other people and coming out with something in common.

Barring that, Apple has saved the day for us. We had a magnificent movie that was not going to be seen… Apple is a benevolent streaming service in every way. It’s going to look fantastic, but it’s going to be available. It is going to be viewable, and otherwise we would’ve languished in a vault for a movie that, look, it’s 88 minutes of a thematic story that does speak to what we’re all going through right now. We didn’t know that at the time we made the film, we were just trying to make a lean, spare, new version of procedures and behaviors about how difficult it was to stay alive in the North Atlantic in 1942…

Thank goodness that there is, you can pay – how much is Apple TV cost, staff? (shouts offscreen) – five bucks. It’s a cheap, it’s a magnificent deal and we are going to be able to fill up the screens in the living rooms and the bean-bag chairs of the world all in one fell shot, so we feel as though we were rescued at sea by a convoy with a big Apple logo with a bite taken out of it.”

Hanks’ Greyhound comments begin around 8:08 in the video below:

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, the Apple’s “cruel whipmasters” have quickly whipped Hanks’ remote press junket game right back into tip-top shape. 🙂

Moral of the story: When someone pays $70 million to distribute your work, say nice things.


  1. I can see how someone would be disappointed that their action movie was not being shown in the theatre, but then saw the way his comments were being read and wanted to clarify. Considering the current situation, this IS a best possible solution.
    As for me? I haven’t been inside a movie theater in over 3 years. But I will be watching this movie on day one . . . and possibility day 2, and day 3.

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