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Tom Hanks Says He Wouldn’t Screen The Post At The White House

December 21, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Hanks said he wouldn’t take part in a possible screening of The Post at the White House. Here are highlights:

On the significance of the film’s story today: “When you’re not just celebrating the nostalgia of history, it comes down to human behavior. And human behavior never changes. It’s always the same. Vanity of vanity, nothing new under the sun. The Nixon administration tried to stop the story from being published. They took on the First Amendment by saying: “You can’t tell that story, and if you do, we’re going to threaten you.” That is going on, of course, right now. There’s a number of ways that you can assault the First Amendment. Back in 1971, it was done in such a boldfaced way that a newspaper, The New York Times, was stopped from publishing a story. And it was threatened; anybody who was going to try to publish that story was going to go to jail for treason. Treason, my friend. That’s the stuff that goes on with tin-pot dictators and communist tyrants and third-world banana republics. [But] I’d have to say, as Steven Spielberg said: ‘The truth is making a comeback.'”

On how the press is treated today: “There used to be this concept, [as the later Senator] Daniel Moynihan used to say: “You’re entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.” Facts are irrefutable. Well, it turns out people are saying: “No, facts are not irrefutable. We can decide whatever facts that we want, that we would like.” Right now, without a doubt, there are people in power trying to — if not quash or stop the right to publication, [then at least] denigrate it to the point [where] they are saying there is no truth to it whatsoever. And there are stories out there that are the truth, [in] organs of the Fourth Estate like the New York Times and the Washington Post.”

On if he would go to a screening of the film at the White House: “That’s an interesting question. I don’t think I would. Because I think that at some point — look, I didn’t think things were going to be this way last November. I would not have been able to imagine that we would be living in a country where neo-Nazis are doing torchlight parades in Charlottesville [Va.] and jokes about Pocahontas are being made in front of the Navajo code talkers. And individually we have to decide when we take to the ramparts. You don’t take to the ramparts necessarily right away, but you do have to start weighing things. You may think: “You know what? I think now is the time.” This is the moment where, in some ways, our personal choices are going to have to reflect our opinions. We have to start voting, actually, before the election. So, I would probably vote not to go.”

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