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A Reminder From Tom Hanks: ‘Wear a Mask, Social Distance, Wash Your Hands’

A Reminder From Tom Hanks: ‘Wear a Mask, Social Distance, Wash Your Hands’

Greyhound lands on Apple Plus Friday, starring Tom Hanks in a script he himself adapted from C.S. Forrester’s novel The Good Shepherd. As part of promoting the movie, Hanks went on the TODAY Show to share some cheap advice from America’s favorite uncle: “The idea of doing one’s part should be so simple: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. That alone means you are contributing to the betterment of your house, your work, your town, your society as a whole.”

“There is a darkness on the edge of town here, folks,” Hanks continues. “And let’s not confuse the facts: It’s killing people.”

Hanks got even stronger in an interview with Reuters, where he said he didn’t have “must respect” for people who couldn’t abide by simple social distancing rules.

“Three tiny things is in everybody’s wheelhouse if you choose to do it: Wear a mask, wash your hands, social distance. If you can’t do that, I don’t have much respect for you.”

Hanks knows the dangers here firsthand. He and his wife Rita Wilson contracted the coronavirus back in March, and the publicity around their health scare played a role in getting many Americans to take the pandemic seriously for the first time.

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