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Horn: Hanks knows how to wrestle

Tom Hanks is an expert wrestler, according to his Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close co-star Thomas Horn.

The 14-year-old actor plays Tom's character's son Oskar in the film, and revealed he had fun mock-fighting with the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump star.

Thomas said: "I had a very wonderful time working with him, he was really great and very fun.

"One episode that I really remember is, there's this one scene where we're kind of having a little playful fight over a newspaper clipping on my bed, and that was a lot of fun to film. He's a really good wrestler in a way, because I had a very hard time getting that paper out of him! It was great to work with him."

The film, directed by Stephen Daldry, also stars Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, John Goodman and Max von Sydow.

Thomas revealed: "I definitely learned a lot from working with all those amazing people, and I'm incredibly lucky, because I mean when does a first-time actor get to work with an amazing director and an amazing cast?

"I learned a lot from them about many things, especially about acting, and one of the big things I learned is that you must stay in the character until you're absolutely sure that you can be off-camera because any take might be selected and you always have to be ready to go, for the efficiency of filming, so the director and the crew don't waste their time, it's very important that you're able to go at any time."

:: Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close opens in cinemas on Friday, February 17.

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