Tom Hanks sends Canadian fan hilarious selfie

Imgur image of Tom HanksTom Hanks has once again proven that he’s probably the most likable celebrity in Hollywood.

A fan named Zena Gopal recently sent the legendary actor a letter asking for a signed headshot, and what she got in return was a small Hanksmas miracle.

Rather than respond with the obligatory machine-autographed headshot, the always-gentlemanly Tom sent a freshly signed Polaroid selfie of himself holding a picture of Zena (two headshots in one!), along with a personal note written by typewriter on special HANX stationary.

“Does this count as a headshot? Sorry for the beard, but I have some shooting coming up and I must have whiskers,” the kindly actor began the letter, followed by a remark on Zena’s hometown of Toronto.

“Damn fine town. Growing fast, all those condo towers down on the lake. Nice views, I guess. I have not been there since of the Film Festival dates sometime back,” he wrote.

After touching on Christmas’ fast approach, as well as his and Zena’s mutual love for That Thing You Do!, the actor concluded the note with, “This Polaroid has been developing as I have been typing. This thing is scary…”

And with signature Tom Hanks wisdom, he signed off with, “Throw Deep. Always. Tom Hanks.”

An Imgur user shared the heartwarming correspondence yesterday, saying that Tom’s response came “quick.” The user also revealed that Zena wrote the Oscar winner “on a whim.” And they weren’t kidding — according to Zena herself, it was all part of a wager.

“I just made a really dumb bet with some friends over some drinks [to see who could get a headshot from a celebrity first],” she said in an interview with CBC on Tuesday. We’re thinking she probably won the bet. ~Shelby Morton

What do you think about Tom’s response? Tell us below! And speaking of That Thing You Do!, also tell us — What’s your all-time favorite Tom Hanks movie?


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  1. Ralph • December 22, 2016 @ 10:17 AM

    Seems like a really great guy. Surprising he knows so much about Toronto, even the fact that condos have been built along the lake (nice views for the condo owners, not so much for the rest of us).

  2. Sophie Perlinghis • December 22, 2016 @ 10:28 AM

    What a guy! Such a gentleman! He is a down to earth type of guy as people say when he visits Greece and stays in Andiparo.

  3. Carolyn Macpherson • December 22, 2016 @ 11:18 AM

    He’s a great actor and a great human being- love him.

  4. Helen • December 22, 2016 @ 11:25 AM

    Love him so much. I have so many favourites of him, but definitely Castaway, Money Pit, Turner & Hooch, Sleepless in Seattle just to name a few:)

  5. D. Dancer • December 22, 2016 @ 11:39 AM

    He is a huge step above all other actors. What a guy.

  6. CDubya • December 22, 2016 @ 11:53 AM

    Probably the only actor I’d be nervous to meet. Well him and Clint Eastwood.
    He seems like a great guy and you’d have a wonderful convo with.

  7. MARYMAR • December 22, 2016 @ 4:04 PM

    i like him since he was in Bosom Buddies many years ago, he always seems like such a down to earth famous persn!

  8. Brine • December 22, 2016 @ 4:55 PM

    I want him to be my dad.

    My fav movie of his is definitely CAST AWAY!

  9. Zalia • December 22, 2016 @ 5:10 PM

    Such a great actor. Castaway… for sure.

  10. Kara M • December 22, 2016 @ 8:21 PM

    Aw, what an awesome gesture from Tom Hanks! Adorable. All stars should give special treatment their fans

  11. Toni • December 22, 2016 @ 8:52 PM

    What a genuine human being .
    He’s so down to earth and funny .
    Among many others my fave is “Castaway”
    Wilson !!😭😭🏐🏐

  12. Summer • December 22, 2016 @ 9:58 PM

    Gotta love that guy. 🙂

  13. Mary Cameron • December 23, 2016 @ 5:22 PM

    I agree with all of the above – seems like a very likeable and down-to-earth guy – no aires about him!! To take the time to answer his own fans; whereas most actors & actresses hire someone to do that chore, nothing personal about that!! You’re high on my list!!

  14. Wendy • December 24, 2016 @ 10:20 AM

    Turner & Hooch . . .

    I know nothing about Toronto, or the areas of these condos. I have never been there.

    That’s nice of him to do that. I like the beard he has compared to the one on castaway.

    In the film industry if you ever wanted a great friend?!

    Tom Hanks is your man!

  15. Diane • December 27, 2016 @ 5:04 PM

    We (my daughter and I) saw Tom Hanks one year during TIFF. She was sitting down beside the doors at Princess of Wales which are glass. Tom was on the other side of the glass knocking on the glass and shouting (in fun)”Hello, are you ok down there?” It was hilarious! Someone recorded it for us so it’s a memory we’ll always have. Every time we see him in a movie we say you know who that is and she says “yes Tom Hanks who was yelling at me!” Lol

  16. Marlene • January 2, 2017 @ 10:21 AM

    No wonder I have always liked him :)…. His genuineness; i.e. integrity was something I observed through all the roles he played. Great validation for someone I respect so much 🙂

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