Seattle Arts & Lectures: Tom Hanks presents 'The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece'

"Tom Hanks is such a natural storyteller that everything feels like he's telling this story just for you, at a dinner table, and you don't want the night to end." —Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove


Join Seattle Arts & Lectures for an evening with Academy Award-winning actor, screenwriter, producer, and author Tom Hanks, discussing his new novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece, about the making of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film and the humble comic books that inspired it.

"The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece is its own universe, complete with a sun, a cast of circling planets, and a limitless number of stars. Its gravity pulls you in and its far reaching, multi-layered, rollicking exuberance holds you in place. I would have been happy to live inside this book forever."—Ann Patchett, author of These Precious Days

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About The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece...

Part One of this story takes place in 1947. A troubled soldier, returning from the war, meets his talented five-year-old nephew, leaves an indelible impression, and then disappears for twenty-three years.

Cut to 1970: The nephew, now drawing underground comic books in Oakland, California, reconnects with his uncle and, remembering the comic book he saw when he was five, draws a new version with his uncle as a World War II fighting hero. 

Cut to the present day: A commercially successful director discovers the 1970 comic book and decides to turn it into a contemporary superhero movie.

Cue the cast: We meet the film’s extremely difficult male star, his wonderful leading lady, the eccentric writer/director, the producer, the gofer production assistant, and everyone else on both sides of the camera.

Tom Hanks has been a professional actor since 1977. He appeared on television in 1980 in Bosom Buddies, and in films beginning with Splash in 1984, and on Broadway in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy. His listed credits on the IMDb shows, well, a ton of work since he joined the Screen Actors Guild (with borrowed money). For an idea of the depth of his career, consider that the New York City bank where he once was down to his last twenty-seven dollars is now a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant. With his partner at Playtone, Garry Goetzman, he has produced many films, documentaries, and television shows. He has written screenplays for films and television. His collection of short stories, Uncommon Type, was published by Knopf in 2017. Hanks turned 66 years old on July 9, 2022.