Nerdist founder and host Chris Hardwick "typed" his way into Tom Hanks' heart earlier this week, luring the award-winning actor to appear on his podcast with a 1934 Smith Corona typewriter as bait.
Hanks boasts a collection of over a hundred manual and portable typewriters dating back to the 1930s. In a typewritten letter to Hanks ("Forrest Gump," "Saving Private Ryan," "Philadelphia"), Hardwick invited him to come on the show, offering the typewriter as a small incentive that "should only very slightly affect your decision."
Hanks gladly accepted the gift and wasted no time in using the 78-year-old typewriter, drafting a "letter of acceptance" back to the "diabolical geniuses" at Nerdist and granting them an interview in which he and Hardwick discussed everything from the actor's love for typewriters to "Storage Wars," NASA logos and the entertainment world.
Hardwick is the former host of MTV's now defunct "Singled Out." His guests on "Nerdist" have included Tina Fey, Conan O'Brien and even Hanks' son Colin. Hardwick shared his excitement on Reddit and tweeted to his millions of followers, "My feeble brain cannot fully process my joy in the following words: Nerdist Podcast #267."