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11 Times We Wished Tom Hanks Was Our Dad

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    Tom Hanks is a national treasure. From his film roles to his TV appearances to that time he and wife Rita Wilson kissed at a basketball game, our world is better for having him in it. Now, imagine if he was your dad.

    It’s a thought that’s absolutely crossed our minds. The man is 59, he’s in the same bracket as many of our biological parents, and he’s got the can-do attitude that makes him Ideal Dad material. (Which isn’t to slight our actual dads, but let’s face it: Even they wish Tom Hanks was their dad.) So let’s indulge and give into the magic of the man who helped coin “There’s a snake in my boots,” and let’s embrace a reality we’ll never actually know to be true.

    Check out the 11 times we wished Tom Hanks was our dad.


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    1. When he showed up in a Carly Rae Jepsen video

    It was a match made in heaven: First, a new Carly Rae Jepsen song; then, T-Hanks dancing around NYC as if filming the opening scene of a You’ve Got Mail follow-up. (Pause to remember that 1998 treasure.) But to be honest, the best part is how it all came about: During dinner with Jepsen’s manager, Hanks learned that the singer was looking for a male lead to lip sync and lead the brigade. So the actor piped up: “Why don’t you guys ever ask me?” Best dad ever.

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    3. When he and Rita Wilson properly utilized the Kiss Cam

    At an L.A. Kings game on a beautiful night in 2013, Tom Hanks proved love is still real when he and Rita Wilson (his wife of 27 years) did what anybody caught on the Kiss Cam should do: Kiss adorably and make us believe that marriage can last. We love you, mom and dad.

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    4. When he became the ultimate hockey dad

    As a Canadian, I can vouch for the importance of a father who’s willing to go out on a limb and fight for his right to argue a ref’s decision. Enter: Tom Hanks, who insisted the refs call Toronto at a 2013 Kings game to determine whether or not LA’s Justin Williams scored against Calgary. He did, but the Flames ended up taking the game, 2-1.

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    5. When he revisited his complete filmography

    Tom Hanks shaped so many of our lives. So imagine our surprise and delight when, three decades into an illustrious acting career, he teamed up with James Corden this spring and re-enacted each and every movie role.