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Tom Hanks tackles nepotism debate, defends his kids who work in entertainment: 'It's a family business'

Tom Hanks joins A Man Called Otto in Hollywood’s ongoing debate on nepotism Star sees him and other entertainment-industry families as creative businesses.

The actor is promoting an upcoming film in which his son Truman will play a younger version of the Oscar-winning character Otto. Hanks’ wife, Rita Wilson, co-wrote and sang an original song for the film, as well as her husband made this movie together. With Reuters(via The Sun While talking ) In a video interview shared on Wednesday, the actor explained his passion for having his four children in the same or adjacent industries as him.

“Look, it’s a family business. It’s what we’ve always done. It’s where all our kids grew up,” he said. “If we were a plumbing supply business, or if we were running a florist down the street, the whole family would invest time at some point, even if it was just end-of-year stock.”

Hanks had two children with his first wives, Colin and Elizabeth Hanks, and two other children, Chet and Truman, with Wilson. Be it actors, producers, cinematographers or musicians, all are in the business of entertainment to varying degrees. Regardless of their surname, Hank points out, what ultimately matters and speaks loudest to him is the quality of their work.

“No matter what happens, no matter what your last name is, what doesn’t change is whether it works,” he said. “Anytime any of us start trying to tell a new story or create something that has a beginning, a middle and an end, that’s the problem. It doesn’t matter what our last names are. We have to do the work so that it works for the audience. Provide an authentic and authentic experience.”

For Hanks, “It’s a lot harder than worrying about whether someone is going to try to hurt us.”

Hanks’ comments follow statements from other entertainment stars, including Jamie Lee Curtis , Kate Hudson , Lily Allen and most recently Allison Williams , the daughter of the famous journalist Brian Williams. Girls, M3GAN and Get Out actress expressed in a Vulture Interview published on Thursday said, She knew she was benefiting from nepotism, but it didn’t affect her work. It just “means it’s less fun to root for me.”

“All people are looking for is an acknowledgment that it’s not a level playing field. It’s so unfair. Period, the story ends, and no one really works hard to make it fair,” she continued. “Not admitting that I started out as an actor is not the same as someone with zero connections – it’s ridiculous.”

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