Tom Hanks is getting rave reviews for his performance in Captain Phillips (out today). It’s familiar territory for the two-time Oscar winner, but after recent offerings like Cloud Atlas, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Larry Crowne underperformed, we began to worry about his status inside Hollywood’s golden circle. With Phillips and the forthcoming Saving Mr. Banks (he plays Walt Disney!), Hanks is poised to once again be a mainstay come awards season–and we couldn’t be happier. Nobody hits a promo circuit like Hanx.
In addition to his fine acting, Hanks continues to be one of the most adorable, endearing people in the biz. From his contributions to the internet, to his continued support for his longtime love (and aspiring rapper of a son), Hanks is the one actor we’d want to play our father in the hypothetical movie about our lives. If you’ve been sleeping on Mindy Kaling‘s rom com king, check out five reasons why Hanks is still the best.
1. He Embraces Social Media
In a pool of endless celebrity self-promotion, Hanks (or “Hanx,” as he prefers to go by online) has made himself a must-follow in the three-and-a-half-years since he joined the bluebird. Pairing self-awareness with positive punctuation, the actor provides insightful commentary about the weirdness of this business we call show. There’s also observations about the world around him and personal revelations that will go on to make headlines–but it all has that cheery, “Hanx” spin.
Even his biography is delightfully on point: “Sometimes I’m in pretty good shape, other times I’m not. Hey, you gotta live, you know?” Oh, we know, Tom. We know.