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Watch: Marc Forster explains how Truman Hanks was cast in A Man Called Otto
When it came to casting the younger version of Tom Hanks’ character in the new dark comedy A Man Called Otto, it was a no-brainer for director Marc Forster who went with Hanks’ youngest son, Truman.
"Truman truly looks like Tom did in the 80s, doing Splash and Big and all these movies, but he's not an actor," Forster tells Yahoo.
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"Truman was wanting to be a DOP [director of photography], so we met and he said, 'Okay, I'm not sure about this', but I was able to convince him and make him feel welcome and warm.
"And you Sonya, whose character is played by Rachel Keller… the two of them have just natural connections. And I did a screen test with both of them. I said, this is going to work. And I felt very confident that we could do something really special here”
The production is an adaptation of the twice Oscar-nominated 2015 Swedish film A Man Called Ove, itself an adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s 2012 novel of the same name.
In it, Hanks senior plays Otto, a recently retired factory worker who's given up on life following the loss of his wife, and wants to end it all. Otto’s life is suddenly turned upside down when a young immigrant family moves in nearby, leading to friendship and a new lease of life for the once terminally depressed Otto.
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Truman plays the younger version of Otto in a series of flashbacks featuring Tokyo Vice star Rachel Keller who plays the younger version of Sonya, Otto’s late wife. At times, Truman looks like the spitting image of a younger Tom Hanks, which was why, despite never having really acted before, the youngest son of Hanks and acclaimed actor and producer Rita Wilson, agreed to be in the film.
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Tom Hank's oldest son Colin Hanks — from his first marriage to Samantha Lewes — is also a successful actor, and the two appeared as father and son in 2009's The Great Buck Howard. Chet, his eldest son with Rita is also an actor appearing in Empire, Shameless and Your Honor, while their daughter Elizabeth is also an actor and producer, appearing in her father's films Forrest Gump and That Thing You Do!
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Speaking on whether this experience could have possibly changed Truman’s mind about dipping his toe in the acting world once again, Forster adds: “I don't know. It might be just a one off for Truman, but maybe he wants to continue a little bit through with acting, obviously as two brothers who act and his dad and his mother, but I feel it might just be a one-off. Who knows?”
As for working with Hollywood’s “Mr Nice Guy”, Forster doesn’t hesitate for one second by affirming everyone’s suspicions when he says “So first, of all, he’s Tom Hanks, you know, He is known as nicest men in Hollywood, but at the same time, that's really true.
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"He is really lovely and great, but he's you know.. I‘ve never had such a symbiotic relationship with an actor, where we saw one to one and he's so beautiful to work with, and and he's such an incredible artist.”
A Man Called Otto is in cinemas now. Watch a trailer below.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered a 36-hour ceasefire in Ukraine to run during Orthodox Christmas, a move quickly dismissed by war-battered Kyiv and its allies. Putin's directive to his troops was announced days after Moscow suffered its deadliest reported loss of the invasion, following 11 months of brutal combat — and as Ukraine's allies indicated that fresh military aid was on the way. Both nations celebrate Orthodox Christmas and the Russian leader's order came following ceasefire calls from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's spiritual leader Patriarch Kirill, a staunch Putin supporter. "Taking into account the appeal of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, I instruct the defence minister of the Russian Federation to introduce… a ceasefire along the entire line of contact between the sides in Ukraine," said a Kremlin statement. It will run from 12:00 (0900 GMT) January 6, until 24:00 (2100 GMT) on January 7, the Kremlin said. Kyiv quickly denounced the move. Russia "must leave the occupied territories — only then will it have a 'temporary truce'," Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak wrote on Twitter. "Keep hypocrisy to yourself." US President Joe Biden was equally dismissive of Putin's announcement. "He was ready to bomb hospitals and nurseries and churches" on December 25 and on New Year's Day, he said. "I think he's trying to find some oxygen." And German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock wrote on Twitter: "A so-called ceasefire brings neither freedom nor security to people living in daily fear under Russian occupation." – Orthodox Christmas – Russia occupies parts of eastern and southern Ukraine after 11 months of fighting, but Kyiv has reclaimed swathes of its territory and this week claimed a New Year's strike that killed scores of Moscow's troops. After votes that were internationally branded as farces, Russia annexed the Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions despite not fully controlling them. Putin is open to dialogue with Ukraine if Kyiv recognises "the new territorial realities", said the Kremlin, in a summary of his telephone conversation with Erdogan Thursday. "The Russian side emphasised the destructive role of Western states, pumping the Kyiv regime with weapons and military equipment, providing it with operational information and targets," it added. The Kremlin's response was directed to the ceasefire appeal by Russia's spiritual leader Patriarch Kirill, an outspoken supporter of Putin. The 76-year-old Orthodox leader has given his blessing to Russian troops fighting in Ukraine and delivered heavily anti-Western and anti-Kyiv sermons throughout the conflict. Kirill made his appeal "so that Orthodox people can attend services on Christmas Eve and on the day of the Nativity of Christ", he said on the church's official website Thursday. The Kremlin's decision to send troops into Ukraine in February 2022 resulted in many clerics who had continued to remain loyal to Kirill turning away from Moscow. In May, the Moscow-backed branch of Ukraine's Orthodox Church severed ties with Russia, citing his lack of condemnation of the fighting. – More arms for Ukraine – News of Putin's ceasefire order came as German government sources told AFP Thursday both Berlin and Washington were planning a "qualitative new step" in their weapons deliveries to Ukraine. "We are constantly looking at what more we can do in terms of military support," Germany's Baerbock told journalists Thursday, including "defensive weapons" and arms needed to "free occupied territory". Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz has faced renewed calls to deliver Leopard light tanks, long sought by Kyiv, after French President Emmanuel Macron announced the delivery of French-made AMX-10 RC light tanks to Ukraine. Macron's announcement on Wednesday made France the first western country to announce the delivery of such weapons to Ukraine. "The argument constantly advanced by the chancellery that Germany must not go it alone is absolutely out of date," said Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, who heads the German parliament's defence committee. "France is once again taking on the role that was expected of Germany, and is going ahead alone," she told AFP. – Worst single loss – Putin's ceasefire order came a day after Moscow lifted its reported toll in its worst single reported loss from a Ukrainian strike to 89 dead. Ukraine's military strategic communications unit has said nearly 400 Russian soldiers died in the town of Makiivka in eastern Ukraine, held by pro-Russian forces. Even Russian commentators have said the death toll may be far higher than the Kremlin's figures. The deadly Makiivka strike came after months of discontent within Russia towards the military following a series of battlefield defeats and a hugely unpopular mobilisation drive. bur-jj/gw
BENGALURU (Reuters) -Retail sales of vehicles in India could take a hit in the final quarter of the fiscal year, an automobile dealers' body said on Thursday while reporting a more than 5% year-on-year fall in sales for December at 1.62 million units. India has mandated automakers to comply with stricter fuel efficiency norms from April 2023, aimed at reducing carbon emissions. This, the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) said, would trigger further price hikes and result in weaker sales for the quarter ending March 31.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered a 36-hour ceasefire in Ukraine to run during Orthodox Christmas, a move that war-battered Kyiv swiftly branded as "hypocrisy". Putin's directive to his troops was announced days after Moscow suffered its deadliest reported loss of the invasion, and following 11 months of brutal combat. Both nations celebrate Orthodox Christmas and the Russian leader's order came after a ceasefire was urged by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's spiritual leader Patriarch Kirill, a staunch Putin supporter. "Taking into account the appeal of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, I instruct the defence minister of the Russian Federation to introduce… a ceasefire along the entire line of contact between the sides in Ukraine," said a Kremlin statement. It will run from from 12:00 (0900 GMT) January 6, until 24:00 (2100 GMT) on January 7, the Kremlin said. Kyiv attacked the announcement, calling it "hypocrisy". Russia "must leave the occupied territories — only then will it have a 'temporary truce'. Keep hypocrisy to yourself," Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak wrote on Twitter. Russia occupies parts of eastern and southern Ukraine after 11 months of fighting, but Kyiv has reclaimed swathes of its territory and this week claimed a New Year's strike that killed scores of Moscow's troops. Earlier Thursday Erdogan, who has good relations with Moscow, had urged Putin to declare a "unilateral" ceasefire during a telephone conversation between the two leaders, the Turkish leader's office said. The Kremlin reported that Putin told Erdogan he was open to dialogue if Kyiv accepted the "new territorial realities" on the ground. After votes that were internationally branded as farces, Russia annexed the Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions despite not fully controlling them. – Orthodox Christmas – Erdogan has used his good relations with both sides to try and bring Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to Turkey for a peace summit. Turkey hosted two early rounds of peace talks and helped strike a UN-backed agreement restoring Ukrainian grain deliveries across the Black Sea. But the Kremlin responded directly to the appeal by Russia's spiritual leader Patriarch Kirill. The 76-year-old Orthodox leader, an outspoken supporter of Putin, has given his blessing to Russian troops fighting in Ukraine and delivered heavily anti-Western and anti-Kyiv sermons throughout the conflict. Kirill made his appeal "so that Orthodox people can attend services on Christmas Eve and on the day of the Nativity of Christ," he said on the church's official website Thursday. The Kremlin's decision to send troops into Ukraine in February 2022 resulted in many clerics who had continued to remain loyal to Kirill turning away from Moscow. In May, the Moscow-backed branch of Ukraine's Orthodox Church severed ties with Russia, citing his lack of condemnation of the fighting. – Worst single loss – The ceasefire order came a day after Moscow lifted its reported toll in its worst single reported loss from a Ukrainian strike to 89 dead. Ukraine's military strategic communications unit has said nearly 400 Russian soldiers died in the town of Makiivka in eastern Ukraine, held by pro-Russian forces. Even Russian commentators have said the death toll may be far higher than the Kremlin's figures. The deadly Makiivka strike came after months of discontent within Russia towards the military following a series of battlefield defeats and a hugely unpopular mobilisation drive. As Moscow grapples with the aftermath of the strike, the head of the Wagner mercenary outfit said the first group of Russian prisoners offered an amnesty in return for fighting in Ukraine had been released. Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin appeared in a video released Thursday speaking to a gathering of men — some injured and whose faces were blurred. Wagner fighters have been at the forefront of Moscow's offensive and their presence has also been reported in conflict zones including Syria, Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic. – More arms for Ukraine – News of Putin's order came a day after French President Emmanuel Macron announced the delivery of French-made AMX-10 RC light tanks to Ukraine, the first western country to deliver tanks. In Germany, Chancellor Olaf Scholz faced renewed calls Thursday to deliver Leopard lights tanks long sought by Kyiv. "The argument constantly advanced by the chancellery that Germany must not go it alone is absolutely out of date," said Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, who heads the German parliament's defence committee. "France is once again taking on the role that was expected of Germany, and is going ahead alone," she told AFP. Government sources in Berlin said Thursday that both German and the United States were planning a new stage in arms delivers to Ukraine. bur/jj/jmm
NEW DELHI (Reuters) -Air India faced criticism on Thursday from the aviation regulator for its handling of an unruly passenger on a flight from New York in November, and also acknowledged that a second similar incident occurred last month on a flight from Paris to Delhi. Air India had said in a statement released on Wednesday that it had banned a male passenger for 30 days in compliance with regulations following an incident on a Nov. 26 flight from New York to Delhi in which the man, while apparently inebriated, urinated on a fellow female passenger. The airline, which is owned by Tata Group, said it had reported the matter to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India's air safety watchdog, for further action.
The World Health Organization criticised China's "very narrow" definition of Covid deaths on Wednesday, warning that official statistics were not showing the true impact of the outbreak.
The US House of Representatives plunged deeper into crisis Thursday as Republican favorite Kevin McCarthy failed again to win the speakership — entrenching a three-day standoff that has paralyzed the lower chamber of Congress.
European regulators have laid down one of the biggest challenges so far to the multibillion-dollar business model of Facebook owner Meta, analysts said on Thursday.
More than a dozen countries have slapped fresh travel regulations on travellers from China, as the world's most populous nation faces a surge in Covid cases following its decision to relax strict virus restrictions.
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