Tom Hanks Dances on Univision to Plug His Film, Win Our Hearts

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June 22 2011 9:48 AM

Tom Hanks Dances on Univision to Plug His Film, Win Our Hearts

Sometimes, it's as if the Internet hive mind realizes that the world's office dwellers need a mid-week pick-me-up and graciously decides to provide one. Today's Wednesday Web Gift comes via Univision's ¡Despierta América! . Tom Hanks went on the popular Spanish-language morning show yesterday to flog his new movie Larry Crowne , in which he plays a laid-off guy who gets his groove back by going to community college, joining a scooter gang, and romancing Julia Roberts. (Hanks directed the film, and co-wrote it with My Big Fat Greek Wedding 's Nia Vardalos.)

I cringe every time I see the film's trailer , which seems determined to mock our collective memory of Hanks' past rom-com glories. But this weather segment has me reconsidering Hanks' charms (and my early morning television choices). It's hard not to love a man who can pull off the old mime-going-down-the-stairs bit with such aplomb.


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