Oct 13, 2016

    Hanks' Langdon is no Jason Bourne

    INFERNO director Ron Howard, 62, and star Tom Hanks, 60, were in Singapore in June to promote their movie. Here, they open up to

    The New Paper about their fears.

    Tom, do you think you have done more running as Robert Langdon or as your other iconic movie character, Forrest Gump?


    Oh, definitely as

    Robert Langdon, of course!

    Inferno was extremely physical.

    That scene where Felicity and

    I were running through Florence's Boboli Gardens was a killer.

    There was a lot of running on gravel and ancient cobblestones; lots of stairs to climb; running

    up the hill; and Ron even

    made me jump over a wall.

    It sure keeps you in shape.


    The filming (of that scene) happened to be on two of the hottest days in Florence...


    And I had these really crappy shoes that had no ankle support. I kept thinking why and when were we going to have a nice, flat field to run on. Poor Felicity (Jones), she had to do all that running in those wedge heels.

    Inferno addresses real-life fears of over-population. What do you fear about the world now?


    Ignorance. There's a lot of money involved in peddling ignorance. There is a lot of power to be gained when you utilise that ignorance. I think it's human nature where people are perfectly willing to be ignorant as long

    as it keeps them comfortable.


    For me, the fear of over-population is real, and also, the fear that drones are able to track us wherever we are,

    which we depicted in Inferno.


    I study history, and I'm always dazzled by history when it seems like it's talking about today. You can go back to Renaissance Florence to note that there was a lot of ignorance back then...


    And like the Renaissance, we are going through an unbelievable period of transformation in society that's creating so much tension and uncertainty in people. The reason why Dan Brown's books are so successful is because they're fun, interesting, and yet under that entertainment, he's pushing buttons on controversies that are very stimulating and thought-provoking.

    Some have said that the Robert Langdon stories are similar to that of movie spy Jason Bourne's, especially

    in this sequel where

    Langdon loses his memory.


    Jason Bourne movies all feed on each other, him going back to the past to remember the current situation. It is a more realistic trilogy than ours,

    which are independent stories.

    I'd say ours are more like Sherlock Holmes films where

    there are distinctive beginnings.

    Also, the other big difference is that Jason Bourne kicks ass.

    Robert Langdon gets

    his ass kicked!