Tom Hanks Befriends Cab Driver; Invites Him to Broadway Show
The amazing story of how the two met and stayed in touch.
— -- Tom Hanks is an Oscar winner, one of the biggest actors in Hollywood and a Broadway star. He's also a class act.
Humans of New York posted a picture of a cab driver they interviewed who had a story about Hanks that really shows the person he is when the camera is not rolling.
"So get this. I'm driving down Park Avenue one day and this guy waves for me, so I pull over and I ask him where he's going. He tells me 74th Street, and I tell him that's too far for me, because my shift just ended, so he says 'thanks anyway' and walks away," Humans of NY posted on Instagram Monday. "But then I think about it, and I start feeling bad for the guy, cause hey-- I got a conscience. So I call him back to the cab and tell him to hop in. And he gets in the car all excited, all animated, and he's talking about all these things. But he's got his cap pulled down way over his eyes, so I can't see who it is."
Soon enough, the cab driver realized who his passenger is -- Hanks!
"I look him in the eye, and I scream: "WIIIIIIILLLSSSSSOOOOOOON!!!" he said, referring to the actor's movie "Castaway." "And that really got him. He started laughing hard. He sees that I've got this Ferrari hat on, and a Ferrari shirt too, so he starts calling me 'Mr. Ferrari.' The whole ride, he keeps calling me 'Mr. Ferrari.' So after we get to his destination, we snap a quick photo, and he goes on his way."
The driver thought that was it and that he just had a great story to tell others, which he did. But there was more.
"Over the next few weeks, I just happen to randomly pick up people that know him. People who have acted with him before, people who work with him. And every time, I tell them: 'Tell Mr. Hanks that Mr. Ferrari says 'hello.' Every time I say that. Then one day I'm driving, and I get a text from one of the people that I'd driven, and it says: 'Mr. Hanks wants to invite you to see his Broadway show.' So I bring my lady to the show, and we get to go backstage and everything, and after the show, we're waiting for him in his dressing room, and he walks in and screams: 'Mr. Ferrari!' Can you believe that story? And you wanna know the craziest thing? The name of his show was 'Lucky Guy.' How crazy is that? Cause that was me. A lucky guy!" he added.
Well played Mr. Hanks!
A request for comment from Hanks' rep was not immediately returned to ABC News.