Tom Hanks Shares Hollywood Advice With Army Staff Sergeant


"For some reason I was sent on an audition for a Maxwell House coffee commercial," Hanks said. "I didn't know where the building was, I didn't know what the office was, I eventually found it and a guy said, 'OK, stand over there and slate it' and I didn't even know what it meant. I stood over there and he said, 'Yeah, slate it.' And I said, 'What?' 'Slate it.' And I said, 'I don't know, I don't know what slate is.' 'Say your name.' And obviously I didn't get that thing. So you have to be willing to go through that."

As for Posey, he has plans to move to Hollywood to try to fulfill his lifelong dream and to stay in touch with his new mentor.

"It's a grand adventure, man," Hanks said. "So keep writing and keep reading; read everything, write everything, and see every movie that is out there."

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