It's not every day you get the chance to see one of Hollywood's biggest icons in your home city.
This is why it felt extra special to be at the Liverpool Empire last night as Tom Hanks hosted an event to celebrate the publication of his novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece. The 67-year-old's reputation of course precedes him - and the litany of incredible achievements from his remarkable career was listed as he was introduced onto the stage by former BBC arts correspondent, Rebecca Jones, to thunderous applause.
Tom has won two Academy Awards and starred in so many of the most iconic films of all time - but his influence stretches beyond showbiz as he has received the United States Medal of Freedom and even has an asteroid named after him. However, despite all this, the legendary actor revealed he is still ticking off items on the bucket list as he told the crowd last night it was his first time visiting Liverpool.
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He said: "For someone born in 1956, a trip to Liverpool is an impossible dream that has come true." Tom recalled long drives in his dad's car as a child when he was spellbound the first time he ever heard Ferry Cross the Mersey by Gerry and the Pacemakers on the radio.
He said: "I'd come across this beautiful song that would start with this lovely string melody." Tom had the audience in stitches as he joked how he first had to get to grips with the Scouse inflections in the song which famously drops the a in across.
He added: "I wasn't quite sure what the punctuation was." However, he saidRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk