Tom Hanks thinks Hollywood isn’t best suited to tell stories of Iraq, Afghanistan wars

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Actor Tom Hanks speaks at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's Heroes and History Makers event in Washington, D.C., Nov. 29, 2018. Hanks was honored for his advocacy of military caregivers.  MEREDITH TIBBETTS/STARS AND STRIPES
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Actor Tom Hanks speaks at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's Heroes and History Makers event in Washington, D.C., Nov. 29, 2018. Hanks was honored for his advocacy of military caregivers. MEREDITH TIBBETTS/STARS AND STRIPES

Tom Hanks thinks Hollywood isn’t best suited to tell stories of Iraq, Afghanistan wars

by: Nikki Wentling | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: December 04, 2018

WASHINGTON — Tom Hanks, who starred in a blockbuster film about World War II and later produced two miniseries about that war, doesn’t think Hollywood is best suited to tell stories about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now in its 18th year, the war in Afghanistan, in which many servicemembers have served multiple deployments, is difficult to portray in movies confined by plot lines with clear chronologies, protagonists and antagonists, Hanks said. The actor spoke about the issue Thursday at an event in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, which benefits caregivers of wounded and ill veterans.

“I don’t know that Hollywood could create as authentic a story about Iraq or Afghanistan or people on their fourth, fifth, sixth tours of duty that couldn’t be told much, much better by a documentary or caring news media,” he said. “It’s a tough thing.”

He continued: “We argue about this all the time, ‘What is going to be the best venue for the story?’ And many, many times, it is not a Hollywood movie, it’s something else. The trick there is, how do you get eyeballs on it?”

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