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Notorious Nice Guy Tom Hanks Admits That Even He's Behaved Badly On Set: 'I've Had Tough Days'

The beloved actor admitted that 'not everybody is at their best every single day on a motion picture set,' including himself.

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Tom Hanks is known to be an all-around nice guy in Hollywood.

In addition to playing uplifting characters in many of his critically acclaimed films like Captain Phillips and voicing Woody in the Toy Story films, Hanks is beloved for his public persona and managing to steer of scandals and bad press.

But like everyone else not in the industry, even this affable Hollywood icon has had his share of bad days resulting in regrettable behavior.

The AFI Life Achievement Award recipient opened up about this when promoting his recently published debut novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece.

According to the BBC, his novel is about the making of a superhero movie featuring an "eccentric director and a self-important and highly obstructive male actor who disrupts and delays filming."

In reference to the problematic male actor, Hanks confessed:

"I have pulled every single one of those moments of behavior myself on a set."
"Not everybody is at their best every single day on a motion picture set."

He continued:

"I've had tough days trying to be a professional when my life has been falling apart in more ways than one and the requirement for me that day is to be funny, charming and loving - and it's the last way I feel."

In spite of this, Hanks said the one thing about his work ethic he is proud of is his punctuality.

"What cannot occur on a motion picture is that someone cannot monkey around with the timing or the length of the shoot or the budget."
"That is a cardinal sin in the motion picture business."
"You will be amazed at how many people know that they can get away with it, and are told they can get away with it, because they are carrying the movie on their shoulders."

In his 448-page novel, the 66-year-old referred to actors who were:

"cry-babies, psychological train wrecks, on-the-wagon alcoholics, off-the-wagon addicts... and more than a couple of feuds between the Talent."

Although The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece is the actor's first major novel, Hanks has written short stories before in a published work titled, Uncommon Type, in 2017.

Hanks said:

"I wrote in between films, I wrote wherever I was, I wrote on planes, I wrote at home, I wrote on vacation, I wrote in hotel rooms, I wrote on long weekends when I wasn't working."

While his busy schedule won't allow him time to commit to penning another novel any time soon, it seems his passion for writing will always be there.

He added:

"It's just the best way to spend one's time outside of being with those that you love and make you laugh."