Tom Hanks contends that, out of his 80-plus films, 4 of them are ‘pretty good’

Veteran screen actor Tom Hanks has starred in more than 80 films throughout his career and many of us moviegoers would say that his hits outnumber any misses. But what does Hanks himself think of his track record?

The Oscar winner said in an interview with PEOPLE published Tuesday that he considered his four films “very good.” “No one knows how a film is made – although everyone thinks they do,” he said. “I’ve made a lot of movies (and four of them are pretty good, I think) and I’m still amazed at how the movies come together.”

“From the spark of an idea to the image flashing on the screen, the whole process is a miracle,” Hanks said. The process, he added, “is very hard work over a long period of time that includes many moments of joy against an equal number of feelings of self-loathing.” He added, “It is the greatest work in the world and the most confusing work I know of.”

Tom Hanks attends the Sydney premiere of ELVIS at the State Theater on June 05, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.

Tom Hanks attends the Sydney premiere of ELVIS at the State Theater on June 05, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.

Brandon Thorne/Getty Images Tom Hanks

Indeed, the actor knows a thing or two about show-biz. His experiences in Hollywood served as the basis for his first novel, The making of another major motion picture masterpiece (out May 9, 2023 via Penguin Random House), a piece of fiction centered on the making of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film. The novel spans several decades, begins in 1947 and follows a troubled soldier returning from war.

A World War II vet leaves an indelible impression on his comic book artist nephew, who creates an illustrated story about his uncle that has been adapted into a contemporary superhero movie. “Every character in the book does something that I’ve experienced while making a movie, as well as discovered a philosophy or learned an important lesson,” Hanks said. “Even the stupid moments are some kind of stunt I’ve pulled or accidentally escaped.”

Hanks discusses the films he most appreciates in one episode The Bill Simmons Podcast From last year. The actor was asked to rank his favorite films, excluding the Oscar-winning drama Forrest GumpAnd he listed Cloud Atlas, a league of their ownAnd to throw He said that this ranking is based on his personal experiences when he worked on films.

Cloud Atlas (2012) Tom Hanks, Halle Berry

Cloud Atlas (2012) Tom Hanks, Halle Berry

Jay Maidment/Warner Bros. Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in ‘Cloud Atlas’

cloud atlas, “It was the first time I shot on a large scale in Germany and I was surrounded by history,” Hanks said. “But the work itself, we were part of this great, great group of people trying to do the hardest, best work on the deep throw,” he said.

Hanks’ extensive filmography is also included Splash, The Green Mile, Big, Catch Me If You Can, Sleepless in Seattle, Saving Private RyanAnd Toy story Franchise. His most recent credits include Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic Elvis and Robert Zemeckis’ live-action pinocchio.

For our take on the actor’s career, check out EW’s list of his most famous roles.

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