The actor owns more than 250 typewriters in his personal collection and a comedian knew exactly how to invite Hanks on his podcast.
We know Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks for his outstanding range as an actor and his expertise as a director but the man has many other talents as well. Hanks' fans have nothing but positive words for him. But apart from his friendly personality, Hanks is also known for his undying love for collecting typewriters. Adding typewriters to his personal collection is like a guilty pleasure for him. At this point, Hanks has over 250 typewriters in his collection with some even dating back to the '30s. He once admitted that he “uses typewriters like cuff links” and typically takes at least two with him on the road, per Express UK.
According to Vanity Fair, comedian Chris Hardwick, the host, and founder of the podcast Nerdist came to know about Hanks’ love for old typewriters and he decided to use this knowledge to his advantage. Hardwick decided to “bribe” Hanks with a 1934 Smith Corona typewriter along with a printed invitation to formally invite him to the Nerdist podcast. The Nerdist team might have expected a response from the veteran actor but they never expected a unique response like this.
Ken Hong shared the letter Tom Hanks had sent the team. Hanks sent a typed note on his new 1934 Smith Corona typewriter, to the podcast team and wrote: "Dear Chris, Ashley, and all the diabolical geniuses at Nerdist Industries. Just who do you think you are to try to bribe into an appearance on your 'thing' with this gift of the most fantastic Corona Silent typewriter made in 1934? You are out of your mind if you think that I wow, this thing has great action and this deep crimson color. Wait! I'm not so shallow as to and it also types nearly silently. OH, OKAY! I will have my people contact yours and work out some kind of interview process." He concluded the note hilariously by writing, "Damn you all to hell!"
Hanks was definitely impressed with the new typewriter and was happy to add it to his collection. According to BBC, Hanks has always shared a warm relationship with his fans through his love for typewriters. Once an 8-year-old Australian child named Corona De Vries wrote to Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson wishing them a swift recovery from COVID. He also told them that he understands how it feels to feel bad because he is mostly bullied for his name. Hanks replied to the young fan and gifted him a vintage "Corona" brand typewriter used by the actor during his quarantine on the Gold Coast.
"Your letter made my wife and I feel so wonderful! Thank you for being such a good friend - friends make friends feel good when they are down," Hanks wrote to the boy.
The finest typewriter collection anywhere. So good he’s got a ladder. We should’ve put him in the book. 10/10 @tomhanks pic.twitter.com/MhQlVqVR0i— Room Rater (@ratemyskyperoom) October 22, 2021
We can safely assume that the Nerdist team was successful with their idea to "bribe" the legendary actor with a typewriter and lure him to their podcast.