And Tom Hanks was involved in the scandal of pushing heirs for mouth-watering roles
If we were a plumbing company or a flower shop, the whole family would still be involved at some point, even if it was just for year-end inventory. So ironically, the actor Tom Hanks defended the participation of his son Truman in his latest film “A Man Named Otto”. In it, the 66-year-old star plays the main role, and his 27-year-old successor represents the younger version of him, although he is not an actor, but an artist. Among the producers of the comedy is Tom Hanks himself and his wife with Bulgarian roots, Rita Wilson, who is also an actress. A song by their other son, Chet Hanks, was used in the film. Therefore, the actor’s claims that it is a family business are not far from the truth.
“It’s what we’ve always done, and it’s what all our children have grown up with. Our names don’t matter. We have to do our job to deliver a real experience to the audience,” Hanks said. He has a total of four children from his two marriages, all of whom are in showbiz. According to him, it has nothing to do with his name, but the fact that they grew up making movies and are creative.
The first to follow in his footsteps is his eldest son Colin, who at the age of 45 already has dozens of roles behind him. And while it bears a striking resemblance to him, he has yet to repeat his success of being a two-time Oscar winner.
“My father is loved, but for me it created much contempt”,
says his brother Chet Hanks. He made his film debut at the age of 17. Today, 15 years later, the balance sheet is numerous small roles, a not-so-successful attempt at a music career, and long-term treatment for alcohol and drug addictions. Chet himself defines himself as the black sheep of the family and believes that fame can be toxic and create a lot of jealousy.
Nevertheless, Tom Hanks was involved in the so-called “nepo babies” scandal in Hollywood – the term comes from nepotism – patronage, protection of relatives and friends. It began late last year after a New York magazine publication attempted to track down all the kinship ties in box-office movies.
The specific occasion is the inclusion of Maud Apatow in the second season of the teenage series “Euphoria”. She is the daughter of director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann. He made his acting debut in his father’s film in 2007. He later starred in another starring his mother, again directed by him. This was followed by appearances in several more tapes before joining the winning team of “Euphoria”.
Series creator Sam Levinson has a similar story. He is the son of the successful Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson. Initially, the two work together, after which the son starts independent projects. In his other hit film – “The Idol”, Sam Levinson gave a role to Lily-Rose Depp. The 23-year-old actress and model is the fruit of Johnny Depp’s love affair with Vanessa Paradis.
The “New York” article literally blew up social media, whose users began to race to look for “nepo babies” outside the world of cinema. It was recalled how
Ivanka Trump owes your career on his popular father
He first participated in the reality show he hosted, “The Intern,” and then became a key adviser to Donald Trump while he was president.
“The internet cares a lot more about who your parents are than who the casting people are. Maybe they are the thing that opens a door for you, but it is only an open door. There’s a lot of work that comes after that,” commented Lily-Rose Depp. She got her first advertising contract when she was 16 years old and still not tall enough to be a model. For this reason, he often has to answer questions about whether he is a “non-baby”.
Patronage by relatives has existed in Hollywood for years, but it used to be seen more as an inheritance of acting talent rather than patronage. After some of the big stars made their own production companies and began to directly intervene in the process of creating film productions, the inclusion of their children in the business began to look irritating. And quite rightly, viewers wonder who is the critical eye in this increasingly family-run business that can guarantee a place in Hollywood even for talent without famous relatives.
“As someone’s child, you get opportunities that others don’t. So the playing field is not the same for everyone. But you
you have to work twice more and be twice better to prove yourself”,
wrote Gwyneth Paltrow on Instagram. In this way, she tried to support Hailey Bieber, who posted a photo of herself wearing a t-shirt with the words “nepo baby”. She is the daughter of the actor and producer Stephen Baldwin and is married to the singer Justin Bieber, but she is building a career mainly in the world of fashion. However, the presence of these two men in her life is almost always mentioned when writing about her.
The actress Eve Houston, who is the daughter of the singer Bono, also got involved in the controversy. “I’m lucky I’m not Jagger or McCartney or anything like that,” she said on a TV show, wryly hinting that she had set herself a goal of becoming successful enough in 2023 to be recognized as a “no baby.”
The three daughters of Meryl Streep, who followed their mother’s professional path, have already been announced as such. And also Maya Hawke, who is the fruit of love between actors Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.
“I feel like the only way to deal with nepotism, which definitely has a lot of benefits, is to remember that you get the opportunities for free, but they won’t be endless,” commented Maya Hawke, who, in addition to being an actress, is also a model and author. of songs. However, not everyone who has received the label “nepo baby” deals with it so easily. Maud Apatow admitted that she was very sad after the posts about the matter and the comments that followed them on social networks. Her colleague Zoe Kravitz, daughter of singer Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, has become more insecure.