Belfast Telegraph

Hanks amazed by wife

Tom Hanks has nothing but praise for his wife Rita Wilson and describes her as his "best friend".

The American actor married Rita Wilson in 1988 and they have sons Chester and Truman together.

He thinks the key to their long-lasting wedded bliss is knowing each other so well before becoming romantically involved. They met on the set of Tom's TV show Bosom Buddies but only began dating after working together on the 1985 film Volunteers.

Even after all this time, the 57-year-old star is more in love than ever and has nothing but praise for his wife.

"All of our friends have been married for as long as we have, or even longer. I think it's the way you approach it when you go into the thing," he told British magazine Short List. "We were not kids when we met each other. We are best friends, and at the same time there are things that we do that are all of our own. She never ceases to amaze me, every single day."

Tom has starred in dozens of renowned films during his career including The Green Mile, Cast Away and Forrest Gump. Despite winning awards for his performances and being considered one of the best actors of his generation, he deliberately avoids watching his movies back as he doesn't feel the need to see them again.

"Oh, I don't watch any of my old movies. The one that I might watch with great affection is a little movie I directed, That Thing You Do, which I'm not in that much," he laughed. "I loved doing it so much that when I watch it now it still brings a smile to my face. I don't watch my own performances - who does that? That would be madness. I've seen all the movies once, but I don't need to see them again, because they don't change."

Tom can next be seen in biographical action thriller Captain Phillips, in which he plays hostage Captain Richard Phillips, who was held by Somali Pirates in 2009.

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