Tom Hanks credits ADD for Hollywood success

Tom Hanks credits his attention deficit disorder (ADD) for his success in Hollywood.

The 60-year-old actor has enjoyed huge success in the movie industry, with roles in films such as Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile and Forrest Gump.

And in a new interview, Tom insists his ADD, of which the three main characteristics are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, has been responsible for him making a name for himself as an actor.


During a chat with U.K. television show Good Morning Britain on Friday (14Oct16) to promote his new movie Inferno, Tom was asked if he shares any attributes with his movie character, Harvard University professor Robert Langdon.

“I like to think I have the same degree of curiosity but I have none of the scholastic aptitude and he does not suffer from attention deficit disorder like I do,” he said. “It would really be a burden to his profession but it’s one of the reasons… it’s proved to me to be a lucrative career.”

Inferno is the third time Tom has taken on the role of Langdon, following The Da Vinci Code in 2006 and Angels & Demons in 2009. And one thing that Tom has become used to in relation to his alter-ego is that he always beaten up.

“He’s not one of these guys in franchise movies that always save the day,” he laughed. “I get my butt kicked by almost every English person in every one of these movies.”

Tom was joined for the interview by Inferno’s director Ron Howard. The actor has hit headlines recently for his impression of the director, and Ron admitted that he struggled to separate himself from Tom’s impression at points during shooting.

“I found myself on this last movie, directing him and I realised I’m actually not myself now,” Ron shared. “Now I’m Tom, being me, talking back to Tom and it’s the real world, so something very twisted is going on now.”

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