Actor Tom Hanks dished on a recent trip he took with former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, describing how he got “screwed” on a cycling excursion (video below).
Appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on April 28, the “Sully” star was asked for details about the yachting vacation off the coast of Tahiti, which also included Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Springsteen, according to InStyle.
“Imagine what it could have been like — triple it,” Hanks told the audience. “It was off-the-scale fantastic.”
When Colbert inquired about what sort of activities they did, Hanks volunteered an amusing anecdote about a bike ride gone wrong.
“I’ll tell you one thing that happens to Tom Hanks, little Tommy Hanks on that trip,” he said. “I’ll tell you what happens to him. He gets screwed … In the bad way, in the pejorative way. Not in the delightful way.”
“They say, ‘Hey, tomorrow we’ll get some bikes,'” he recalled, adding that because of the secret service, they had to rent quite a few of them.
“And so we go on shore and an array of bicycles have been procured for us,” he said. “There were some great bikes there, there were some fine and dandy bikes, and there was one piece of junk, hunk of junk bike. Who do you think got the piece of junk, hunk of junk bike?”
“I have a bike that you couldn’t deliver newspapers with,” he continued as the audience laughed. “It was an undersized girls’ bike. It was rusted all over.”
Hanks added that while the others had mountain bikes with over 20 gears, his bike had “a single sprocket and coaster breaks that hardly worked.”
“It was miserable,” he said.
Oprah was less forthcoming about the vacation when it was brought up during the New York City premiere of her new movie, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”
“I can’t talk about it, I can’t talk about it,” the media mogul said, according to People. “What happens on the boat, stays on the boat.”
Hanks’ latest film is “The Circle,” an adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel of the same name, according to NPR. He plays the co-founder of a major social media company.
After describing his character as both hero and villain, Hanks weighed in on how the “openness” of social media can chip away at individual privacy.
“If you believe that complete openness will be the great guide for humanity … that means that you would have to close off one basic need for the human condition which I think is anonymity and privacy,” he said.
“There’s something that is really quite malevolent about this concept that when everybody knows everybody’s secrets, there will be no more secrets — no reason for shame, no reason for hiding, no need for lies.”
Sources: InStyle, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTube, People, NPR / Photo credit: Dick Thomas Johnson via Wikimedia Commons