Date: 7th June 2001
TOM HANKS had a meaningful premiere when his war project was celebrated - on the D-Day anniversary, close to where the historic Utah Beach landings took place.
Hanks is the executive producer of BAND OF BROTHERS, a 10-hour TV series which looks at the D-Day landings - and showing it for the first time to veterans and their families on the soil of World War II's greatest battle was an amazing experience.
Speaking from Utah Beach, the SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) star says, "It's amazing to be on this sacred ground with the actual guys who did what they did. I've been talking to participants in history and this is a once in a lifetime experience for me. "
Hanks claims the personal relationships he and his cast, including DONNIE WAHLBERG and DAVID SCHWIMMER, set up with the veterans made the movie making experience extra special.
He adds, "The great thing about the movie is it's created out of some eye witness accounts from people who saw everything. We wanted the cast to have these personal relationships. I remember Don Wahlberg calling his character before shooting a big scene and asking for advice and that advice made his part all the more believable. " (KL/WNV/NFA)