Tom Hanks Explains Why He Won't Be Rushing To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Anytime Soon | 22 Words

People are shocked that Tom Hanks, who was himself diagnosed with the virus back in March, has admitted that he and his wife aren't planning on getting the vaccine just yet.

The reason why will surprise you...

That's right, it looks like he's steering clear of the vaccine for the time being...

The actor recently spoke out regarding the new vaccine and why he and his wife aren't in any hurry to get it.

Now, Hanks is one of the most beloved actors of our time...

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So, of course, people are shocked by his recent announcement.

Hanks got his big break in 1984.

After dropping out of college in 1980 and moving to New York City, he began landing small roles in movies and TV shows, such as slasher horror, He Knows You're Alone, and the sitcom series, Bosom Buddies. But, in 1984, Hanks got his first leading role in Splash, a movie about a young man who falls in love with a mermaid.

But his major hit came in 1988...

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Big saw Hanks play a thirteen-year-old boy whose body was transferred into the body of a fully grown man overnight. It sounds a little strange, but it is a fantastic movie.

Hanks had proven that he could be a box office draw as well as a talented actor.

He starred in many smaller productions in the following years until he bagged the leading roles in A League Of Their Own in 1992, and Sleepless in Seattle in 1993.

Forrest Gump is probably one of Hank's most recognizable performances.

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Forrest Gump, which was released in 1994, followed the story of an Alabama man with a low IQ living through some of America's most iconic and life-changing events, such as presidencies of J.F Kennedy and Johnson, the Vietnam war, and Watergate.

The awards came pouring in...

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True to predictions, Forrest Gump was a phenomenal success and it won Oscars for best picture and director. Hanks took home a Lead Actor Oscar award and he was also awarded an Academy Award for Best Actor in the 1993 movie, Philadelphia, in which his portrayal as a man diagnosed with AIDS was considered honorable and, quite simply, magnificent.

More blockbusters were soon to follow...

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These include leading and starring roles in Apollo 13 and Disney Pixar's Toy Story in 1995. Hanks' voiceover of Woody the Cowboy would span for generations - Toy Story 4 was released just last year.

Throughout the production of the Toy Story franchise, Hanks went on to star in even more movies...

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This includes the adaptation of Stephen King's The Green Mile in 1995, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan in 1998, and Cast Away in 2000. There's truly no stopping him...

The list of Hanks' starring roles is endless...

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And it is his decades of contributions to the world of acting bagged him the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Golden Globes.

It was a proud moment...

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The BBC reported that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) said it was "proud" to give the actor the 2020 Cecil B DeMille Award at the event on the 5th of January 2020. The Cecil B DeMille Award is awarded each year to a member of the film industry - be it through acting, directing, or production - that has had an enduring and lasting impact on the industry.

However, back in March, Hanks' world was brought to a standstill.

The actor confirmed that he and his wife had been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Hanks posted this photo to Instagram from a hospital in Queensland, Australia, where he was shooting for his new movie, alongside the caption:

"Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive."

Thankfully, he and Rita made a full recovery.

But he continued to help in the fight against the virus by donating bags of his and Rita's blood to be used for potential vaccine research.

The pair were both asked to donate blood plasma...

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"We have not only been approached; we have said, 'Do you want our blood? Can we give plasma?' And, in fact, we will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the Hank-ccine," the actor joked.

NPR host Peter Sagal then chimed in...

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"There could be no better ending to this international catastrophe than if the cure turns out to be the blood of Tom Hanks."

Hanks, having first-hand experience about how deadly this disease can be, also urged people to wear masks.

Which is what makes his most recent comments about the vaccine so unusual...

Hanks appeared on The Today Show this week...

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Where he was asked about his thoughts on the vaccine and if he had plans to get it himself.

Hanks admitted he'd be willing to get the vaccine on camera when the time was right, explaining...

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"We’ll be getting it long after everybody who truly needs to get it," Hanks told host Savannah Guthrie.

This is such a heartwarming statement, as we all know he takes the virus very seriously, urging everyone to adhere to social distancing rules and to wear masks...

Even though Hanks could quite easily jump the vaccine line, he wants to make sure those that are more vulnerable get first dibs, proving he truly is the hero we need in 2020. Keep scrolling for all the latest on the new vaccine...