Steven Spielberg regrets not directing this classic Tom Hanks movie


In a recent interview with Time magazine, Steven Spielberg, the legendary director known for classics like Jurassic Park, Jaws, and Indiana Jones, revealed that there is one Tom Hanks movie he regrets not collaborating on. Spielberg expressed his admiration for the film “Philadelphia,” in which Hanks delivered a powerful performance.

Spielberg explained the regret, saying, “I have to say Philadelphia. Because I knew Tom really well when he was making Philadelphia. Really well. And I was making Schindler’s List at the same time. So before we all took off for our movies, Tom cut all his hair off, so he brought his family over on the weekends to our beach house. And I’ve got videos of Tom with no hair with a baseball cap on. I knew the story, but hadn’t read the script.”

He continued by praising Hanks’s performance and the film’s impact, “I knew what audiences were about to see. For me, the proof in knowing someone very very well, and not knowing someone at all but knowing his character very well, is when I went to see Philadelphia and forgot that I even knew this man. And saw one of the most noble statements I had seen in film. It was a ground-breaking achievement in the social context, and the context of tolerance. And opening people’s minds to something they were very closed to in those days; an issue that was a clear and present danger to everyone.”


Spielberg expressed that watching Philadelphia was a shattering experience for him and emphasized the impact it had on challenging societal perspectives.