Tom Hanks speaks out on ‘terrifying’ encounter in Oz: ‘It’ll haunt your dreams’

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Australia is known for its deadly wildlife and award-winning actor Tom Hanks, 64, wasn’t afraid to admit what terrified him the most while he was out there last year filming his new biopic, Elvis. Right before the star and his wife Rita Wilson came down with coronavirus, he spoke about his experience with some “terrifying” creatures.

I’ll send you a picture. It’ll haunt your dreams

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In an interview with The Late Show on Sunday, the American actor admitted Oz’s beach worms were the “scariest animal” he’d ever encountered and that they made him squeamish because ‘they “look like something that the Mandalorian has to flee from”.

Hanks, who was nominated at this year’s Critics Choice Super Awards 2021, told host Stephen Colbert: “That would be a type of worm that lives in the sand of beaches in Australia.

“I’ll send you a picture. It’ll haunt your dreams,” he laughed.

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 “They’re these things and they come up and they have these heads that if you look at them close, they honestly look like something that the Mandalorian has to flee from out of the Tatooine.”

Beach worms can be found on the eastern and south-eastern coasts of Australia and can grow up to 300cm in length.

The actor is now back in Australia, after returning briefly to Los Angeles following his run in with coronavirus early last year.

He and wife Rita became two of the first few celebrities to have confirmed their diagnosis, and spent days in hospital before they were allowed to self-isolate in private accommodation.

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Speaking to The Daily Telegraph late last year, Hanks admitted: “When we were told we were found positive, we thought, ‘What? What did we win?’

“Then you’re given the facts.”

He continued to explain that the doctors had to explain to them how dangerous COVID-19 was.

The Greyhound actor went on to say: “We were told, ‘Here’s the reason why you have got to be careful; here’s the reason why it’s very important that you do your part.'”

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Once Tom and Rita were told they tested positive, they remained in hospital to quarantine for three days before returning to their home on the Gold Coast to continue their isolation period.

The actor said: “I was the canary in the coal mine for some of this, for sure.

“But now we are once again at the place where there is no guarantee of immunity, from the information that I’ve read.”

He recently spoke out about his concerns over anyone who refuses to wear a mask or social distance during the global pandemic, with the US’ death figures currently estimated at 373k.

He told People: “There’s really only three things we can do in order to get to tomorrow: Wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands.

“Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things – I just think shame on you.”

Elvis is expected to be released in November 2021.

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