Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – It pays to know what makes a person—multi-awarded actor—tick as it might just land you an interview.
Actor Tom Hanks has obliged to do an interview with Chris Hardwick, host and creator of “Nerdist” after sending him a typewritten letter along with the typewriter he used in writing such, a 1934 Smith Corona.
Hardwick wrote on his website Tuesday that he was surprised and happy that Tom Hanks actually agreed to be in his podcast, which was featured on itunes, in time for its 9th anniversary last October 8.
In July, Hardwick wrote a letter to Hanks inviting him for an interview, and credits talent booker Ahsley for her idea to send the actor an “invitation gift.” It is a known fact that Tom Hanks has a penchant for vintage typewriters and owns a number of them.
Here is the transcript of hardwick’s letter dated July 9, 2012:
Please accept this typewriter-o-gram as a formal invitation to be a a guest on my wildly-popular-with-the-kids Nerdist Podcast. It is a super relaxed, fun chat that will probably cover comedy, NASA, and whatever else you want to talk about — a new WEBSERIES, perhaps?? We are nice guys who are easy to get along with and have never murdered anyone. Other guests have included folks like your son Colin, Tina Fey, Conan, Jimmy Fallon, Bryan Cranston, John Lithgow, Willem Dafoe, JJ Abrams, Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Joel McHale, Jon Hamm, and THE MUPPETS. It would be an absolute dream come true to add you to this list. Please accept this 1934 Smith Corona as a gift for even considering this request. It should only VERY SLIGHTLY affect your decision.
Hugs and high fives,
Chris “Vintage Typewriters” Hardwick
The actor was quick to response, as well. Tom hanks replied with a witty note on July 13, saying:
Dear Chris, Ashley, and all the diabolical genuies at Nerdist Industries.
Just who do you think you are to try to briibe me into an appearance on your ’thing’ with this gift of the most fantastic Cornona Silent typewriter made in 1934?
You are out of your minds if you think… that I… wow, this thing has great action… and this deep crimson color… Wait! I’m not so shallow as to… and it types nearly silently…
I will have my people contact yours and work out some kind of interview process…
Damn you all to hell,
Tom Hanks (signed)
Following the podcast, Hardwick posted on Twitter, “y feeble brain cannot fully process my joy in the following words: Nerdist Podcast #267.”