April 13, 2006

Hanks picks “Space Odyssey” as favorite film

BERLIN (Reuters) - Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks picked
"2001: A Space Odyssey" as his favorite film of all time and
selected four other films among his "top five" that he had
nothing to do with.

"I just can't see enough of '2001: A Space Odyssey'," the
American actor told Germany's Bild newspaper in an interview
published on Thursday. Stanley Kubrick directed the 1968 film.

Hanks also picked "Elephant" (2003) by Gus Van Sant because
it "is one of the most moving films I've ever seen." He also
listed "The Godfather" (1972) by Francis Ford Coppola, "Fargo"
(1996) by Joel and Ethan Coen among his all-time favorites.

Hanks, who won two Academy Awards for best actor in
"Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump," rounded out his top five
with "Boogie Nights" (1997).

The movie, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, is about the
porn industry in the late 1970s and early 1980s and the social
attitude of that era.

"That film was a revelation for me," said Hanks, 49, who
has made more than 40 films.

He said he likes films that give the viewer a chance to ask
themselves how they would react in a similar situation.

"That's what I'm looking for when I go to see a film, just
like any other cinema-goer," he said. "The period, the topic or
the genre don't matter to me. The only thing that matters for
me is: 'boy, what would you do if that were you?"'