Everyone knows Tom Hanks is an Aston Villa fan, and by now, everyone now knows why. What most people probably aren’t aware of is just how long he has supported Villa. The Hollywood superstar has revealed in a new interview that he been a fan for 35 YEARS! In a recent interview with Lad Bible, Hanks reveals the familiar tale of how he heard the football scores on telly and loved the name and decided he would become a Villa fan. Everyone has heard the story, and they love it.
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He has also revealed that this was as far back as 1984, just two years after Villa had conquered Europe. He was in England for the first time promoting the film ‘Splash’. A film that went on to become somewhat of an 80s classic as he fell in love with Darryl Hannah’s mermaid. In his own words, he’s been a ‘Villan ever since.’ He also revealed he is happy that the club are back in the Premier League after the horrors of relegation. He stated: “Relegation was terrible when it happened, I have to say. “The fact that they are back, it’s like well ok then. “God is back in his place in heaven and all will be well, and we will get on with it.”
If you do want to refresh your memory on why Hanks is a Villa fan, read on: Hanks confessed that he chose Aston Villa – because he thought it was an idyllic SEASIDE TOWN! Appearing on James Corden’s Late Late Show, the 62-year-old movie icon spilled the beans. “We take football very seriously here, and you’re a fan of quite an obscure team,” the cheeky chat show host suggested. But Hanks was having none of it. “I don’t think Aston Villa is an obscure team whatsoever, the claret and the blue,” he thundered. “But here’s what happened. The very first time I came to the UK, I was a young man and I experienced jet lag. “So I sprung out of bed on my first morning in London, threw the drapes open and looked out. “It was June. What a beautiful day in London! Where is everybody?
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“There was not a soul in the park, on the street. “I realised then that it was ten minutes after five in the morning because the sun was getting up. “There was nothing to do except turn on the BBC and catch the football scores.” It was a fateful decision, upon which his famous football support would be founded. It was a fateful decision “I didn’t understand where any of these towns were,” he admitted. “These clubs who were Swansea 6, Stoke City 0; Blackfoot 5 Tottenham on Twixby 3… “I didn’t know where any of these teams were. Then one came on and said ‘Aston Villa 2….’ “And I thought ‘Aston Villa’, what a lovely vacation spot! Aston Villa…
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“It’s beautiful villa, you throw open the French doors, there’s the beautiful port of Aston down below you. “And it turns out it’s in Birmingham. There’s nothing wrong with that, nothing wrong with Birmingham. “But it’s not a town for light-hearted, I tell you that. “So I’m a dedicated Aston Villa fan since then. I’ve seen them play once, a friendly in the USA, so yes, I support them.” Suitably chastened, Cordon replied: “Well, the future King of England, Prince William, is also an Aston Villa fan ….” “Not only is the future King of England an Aston Villa fan,” said Hanks. “But Aston Villa fans will soon, in the future, be holding up the FA Cup all unto their own.”
As Cordon countered “It might be quite a long way into the future”, Hanks cut him off, yelling “Aww shut up! UP THE VILLA!” There were wild cheers in the audience, suggesting the superstar wasn’t alone in his love of all things Villa Park.
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