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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.