Tom Hanks is done being the nice guy.
In video footage posted by by TMZ this week, the 65-year-old actor and his wife Rita Wilson were seen being trailed by a pack of overzealous fans as they made their way towards a waiting car in New York City.
As the group of hounds swarmed in closer hoping to get a selfie or autograph from the two-time Oscar winner, one fan bumped into his wife of 34 years and made her trip. Hanks firmly put his hands on the man’s chest a yelled, “Stop it! This is my wife, back the f— off!!”
As Wilson continued on to the car, Hanks could be heard saying, “Knocking over my wife?” with one of the hysterical fanatics sheepishly replied, “Sorry about that, Tom.”
On Twitter, Hanks’ behaviour got a ringing endorsement for leaping to Wilson’s defence.
“I think Tom was well within his rights and handled the situation better than a lot of people may have … Fans and paparazzi really need to respect personal space,” one person tweeted.
“I would have done the same thing Tom did. He was right to defend her. Some people really need to give others space,” another wrote.
“Just when I thought I couldn’t love him anymore. He did nothing wrong except standing up for his wife,” a third person added.
Others pointed out how the person who is seen bumping into Wilson made out like he wasn’t responsible.
“It’s been a long time. How you been?” the sunglasses-wearing man says as he tries to get Hanks to sign a volleyball before careening into the actress.
“Funny how the guy that bumped into her pushes the guy behind him as if he caused it.. and then looks around as if Tom wasn’t addressing him personally,” one person observed.
“Why did the guy with the cap make out like IT WASN’T HIM?” another Twitter sleuth remarked. “It was literally him. he wasn’t looking where he was going and walked into Rita…. and instantly put the blame on the people behind him who looked so embarrassed and didn’t say anything.”
Hanks stars as Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager, in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic on the King of Rock and Roll.