Tom Hanks reportedly got a bit emotional after his Broadway debut in the new show “Lucky Guy.” The actor teared up as he remembered his close friend Nora Ephron, who wrote the play but passed away before she could see it hit the Great White Way.
“That was a tough moment. We were going to do this, and Nora and [show director] George C. Wolfe were going to walk out onstage. I miss her. What more can you say?” Hanks tells The New York Post of the fact he was reduced to tears.
He adds of Ephron, “Nora was just a magnificent hang … You could be working, and you could be talking about personal things, you could be on vacation and talking about cultural history, you could be having a very lazy breakfast and you would be talking about Saddam Hussein. Nora was … fascinated by everything. She was always doing things that were so interesting. She told me, ‘Never turn down a front-row seat for human folly.'”
Ephron passed away in 2012 at age 71 after suffering from leukemia. She is best known for writing movies like “When Harry Met Sally…” and directing “Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “Julie & Julia.” Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson adds of the opening night, “I think Nora would be happy to know this was actually happening. I have this strange sort of excitement seeing my husband onstage. Nothing weird, but something about that mustache reminds me of Tom Selleck.”