- Title: Tom Hanks enjoys playing 'smartest guy in the room' in 'Inferno'
- Date: 11th October 2016
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (OCTOBER 10, 2016) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** INFERNO BANNER FILMED AT AN ANGLE, TILT TO RED CARPET MEDIA ON RED CARPET TOM HANKS GREETING FANS HANKS ARRIVING HANKS POSING FOR MEDIA UNDER INFERNO BILLBOARD HANKS POSING WITH HIS WIFE, RITA WILSON PHOTOGRAPHERS HANK AND WILSON POSING ON RED CARPET VARIOUS OF CAST OF INFERNO POSING ON RED CARPET UNDER INFERNO BANNER WIDE OF RED CARPET / CAST POSING VARIOUS OF CAST POSING FOR PHOTO INFERNO ACTRESS FELICITY JONES POSING ON RED CARPET INFERNO AUTHOR, DAN BROWN, TALKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) INFERNO AUTHOR, DAN BROWN, SAYING: "Several years ago I heard that the population on planet earth had tripled in the last 80 years. I got very concerned about it. I had always wanted to write about Dante and found a way to fuse the two together and I am hoping that the book and the movie on some level raise awareness." INFERNO ACTOR OMAR SY TALKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) INFERNO ACTOR OMAR SY, SAYING: "You know the difficult thing is to try to act normally when you are very, very, very, excited. And that was all the shooting during the movie. I was excited every day and I tried to act normally and tried to look cool but I was really excited and happy to be on set." VARIOUS OF INFERNO ACTRESS FELICITY JONES TALKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) INFERNO ACTRESS FELICITY JONES, SAYING: "I enjoyed it very much, he (Tom Hanks) is very low key. He gets on with his work, He's focused. I mean that's why he's had such a long career. He's not about vanity or fame or unnecessary ego." HANKS AND WILSON TALKING TO MEDIA HANKS TALKING TO MEDIA HANKS AND WILSON TALKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) INFERNO ACTOR TOM HANKS, SAYING: "I love playing Robert Langdon. I love being the smartest guy in the room. I love running into the Palazzo Vecchio, knowing what all the art is, knowing what all the architecture represents, knowing what all the short cuts is. It makes me feel cool." MORE OF HANKS TALKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) INFERNO ACTOR TOM HANKS, SAYING: "We're voting for her. We are sticking with that because we worried about our future so we are going to vote for her." FANS WAITING FOR HANKS HANKS WITH FANS POSTER FOR FILM
- Embargoed: 26th October 2016 09:17
- Keywords: Tom Hanks Inferno Dan Brown Berlin premiere Felicity Jones Omar Sy
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY / UNKNOWN
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY / UNKNOWN
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Film
- Reuters ID: LVA00153F9LJH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Actor Tom Hanks said the real draw for him to reprise his role as fictional symbologist Robert Langdon in the film adaptation of Dan Brown's thriller "Inferno" was the chance to be "the smartest guy in the room."
Hanks, who revisits the role of professor Robert Langdon 10 years after the first film, "the Da Vinci Code", and seven years after the second film in the trilogy joined cast members including Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, author Dan Brown and director Ron Howard on Berlin's red carpet where the film was celebrating its German premiere.
Sony Pictures' "Inferno," follows Langdon as he wakes up in Florence with amnesia and has to decipher clues to stop a plague being released by an elusive billionaire who tries to tackle overpopulation.
Much of the film showcases Florence's historic buildings and piazzas, as Langdon speeds through the city's rich history, solving riddles related to Florentine poet Dante Alighieri's famed 14th century saga "Divine Comedy," about a man's journey through 'Inferno,' or hell.
Brown said framing Dante as prophecy and not as history made the story relevant to a modern audience, drawing threads between overpopulation and real world issues such as immigration or lack of natural resources.
"Several years ago I heard that the population on planet earth had tripled in the last 80 years. I got very concerned about it. I had always wanted to write about Dante and found a way to fuse the two together and I am hoping that the book and the movie on some level raise awareness," author Dan Brown told Reuters in Berlin.
Both Jones and Sy praised working with veteran actor Hanks.
One day after the second live debate between U.S. presidential candidates, Hanks also told media which candidate he would be voting for.
"We're voting for her," he said, referencing Democrat Hillary Clinton. "We are sticking with that because we worried about our future so we are going to vote for her."
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