Donald Trump’s former press secretary Sean Spicer has criticised Tom Hanks for saying he would not want to attend a White House screening of his new film, The Post.
Hanks’s new movie, “The Post,” came out Friday. And he decided to make a political point about the film. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hanks was asked if he would go to the White House for a private screening of his movie.
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 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.
Thursday’s stops included a stop on Fox News’ Fox Business Network, where he got asked about Tom Hanks “turning his back on the White House” when asked whether he’d like to screen his new movie The Post at Trump’s digs. Mr Spicer said it was a “sad commentary” that the actor was not willing to engage with the president
“First of all, I think that at some point it’s become now cool to be like, ‘I’m not going to go do this.’ And at some point like I will tell you this right now, if President Obama called me right now today and said, ‘Hey, come mow my lawn,’ I’d do it,” Spicer said. “Because I think there is something that we should all come together as Americans and want to support our leaders, our elected officials.”
The Steven Spielberg film, out in the UK next month, centres on the newspaper’s fight in the 1970s to publish the Pentagon Papers, which brought to light damning revelations about the US’s role in the Vietnam War.