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    Question Tom Hanks to Play Walt Disney???

    So, just been flicking through The Sun (UK newspaper) and there was a tiny little article at the bottom of one of the pages, saying that Tom Hanks is going to be playing Walt Disney in a movie about the struggles Walt encountered whilst making Mary Poppins. Emma Thompson has also been noted as playing PL Travers. First I've heard of this one!! Anybody else know anything? Had a look on IMDB, but couldn't find any information at all...
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    Re: Tom Hanks to Play Walt Disney???

    Just found this information online:


    Tom Hanks in Talks to Portray Walt Disney in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

    1 hour ago | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

    Tom Hanks is to play Walt Disney in a new movie. The 'Forrest Gump' actor has entered talks to appear in 'Saving Mr. Banks' - a film exploring the making of 'Mary Poppins' - as the studio boss, with Emma Thompson in line to play Australian author P. L. Travers. The movie follows the true story of Disney's 14-year courting of the author for the rights to the Mary Poppins character. Travers was displeased with the 1964 film, which starred Julie Andrews as the magical nanny, particularly the animated sequences, and was upset by the way the material was treated by Disney. Meryl Streep had initially been linked with playing the author in the film. Disney are making 'Saving Mr. Banks', with 'The Blind Side' director John Lee Hancock at the helm.

    Sounds like it's a long way from becoming a confirmed feature, but sounds like it could be interesting... especially as Tom Hanks is my fave actor!
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    Re: Tom Hanks to Play Walt Disney???

    There couldn't be a worse choice to play Walt. He looks, talks, acts, and sounds nothing like him. He'll forever be Forrest.
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    Re: Tom Hanks to Play Walt Disney???

    Also, I don't know if anyone's read, or even heard of for that matter, "Mary Poppins, She Wrote" by Valerie Lawson. Part of this book goes into the Disney interpretation of Mary Poppins. I can see this movie, if it is indeed real, true, etc., angering the Travers family very greatly.
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    Tom Hanks can do no wrong in my book. I hope this is true!

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    Yeah, I personally love Tom Hanks. Although I have to agree with WDW4Ever in regards to the Travers family being possibly angry about this movie. Everybody knows how difficult it was for Walt and the team to work with PL Travers and I think it's fair to say that in most cases when telling the Mary Poppins story, she hasn't come across as the most likeable lady, regardless of how wonderful her stories were. It is going to be a mighty task to put this film together without not offending her family.
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    I hope that's not true. I despise Tom Hanks. Absolutely no use for that guy, him and his stupid yell.
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    Re: Tom Hanks to Play Walt Disney???

    Quote Originally Posted by supernova View Post
    I hope that's not true. I despise Tom Hanks. Absolutely no use for that guy, him and his stupid yell.
    Wow - harsh!
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    Re: Tom Hanks to Play Walt Disney???

    Yep, I agree: I like Tom Hanks as an actor but I don't think he'd suit the role of Walt at all.

    Now this would be great, even though it is not real!

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    Re: Tom Hanks to Play Walt Disney???

    ahh haa...! was this another gotcha moment...? maybe...
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    Re: Tom Hanks to Play Walt Disney???

    Quote Originally Posted by trickster View Post
    Yep, I agree: I like Tom Hanks as an actor but I don't think he'd suit the role of Walt at all.

    Now this would be great, even though it is not real!

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    Definitely - how awesome would it be for somebody to step up and produce a movie about Walt's beginnings - that would be fantastic!
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    I really like Tom Hanks as an actor, but I personally don't believe that he is suited to play Walt.
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