Was Robert Langdon Cast Away? Or did Tom Hanks become Robert Langdon after he was Cast Away?
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In his recent movies, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Tom Hanks plays the role of Professor Robert Langdon, who teaches Symbology whenever he finds time from his sabbaticals in Europe (the seat of all symbological trouble.) In Dan Brown‘s new Novel, The Lost Symbol, Langdon is closer home, burying his nose into masonic issues of symbolic proportions.
Among the Tom Hanks movies that I’ve watched two made a strong impression on me. One was The Green Mile, and the other Cast Away. The Green Mile made me wonder how he could convey such strength of feeling through a character molded in passivity. The Cast Away was a movie that I saw at the second inflection point in my life – it helped me by reinstating my faith in what humans can achieve.
Hanks won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia, and in 1994 for his role in Forest Gump.
Nineteen of his films raked in more than $100 million (per film), which obviously makes him the biggest Hollywood star of today.
Here are some other info-bytes about Tom Hanks.
- He is a supporter of gay marriages.
- He once wanted to be an astronaut (not a caricaturist, mind you.)
- Tom Hanks loves old typewriters, baseball, and many other things that you could discover on his myspace page.
Also check out these two links.
If you’d like to figure out whether Tom Hanks is related to you, here is his family tree.
If you call yourself a Tom Hanks fan, take this quiz!
Update: April 16, 2010:
Is Robert Langdon Gay?
A search string that brought a visitor to my blog, prompted this update:-)
Well…I believe that Robert Langdon isn’t “just” gay. He might be a bisexual – but none of the books that he figures in, has anything to suggest that he is a gay. In “Da Vinci Code” he ends up spending the night with the heroine of the book, and in “Angels & Demons” there were undercurrents suggesting that Langdon was attracted to Vittoria, the heroine! None of the books, including “The Lost Symbol” had anything indicating that Robert Langdon could be gay!