Tom Hanks calls Donald Trump ‘simplistic, self-involved gasbag’

US Actor Tom Hanks poses after he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Italian actress Claudia Cardinale on the opening day of Rome Film Festival on October 13, 2016. (AFP)

Movie star Tom Hanks took a shot at US presidential candidate Donald Trump Thursday, branding him “a simplistic, self-involved gasbag of a candidate”.

Hanks, in Rome to receive a lifetime achievement award at the eternal city’s film festival, joked with the press ahead of the ceremony about similarities between Trump and Italy’s ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

“Why the Trump?” he said, imitating one of the many Italian journalists who had asked him the same question, before quipping: “You’re Italian. Why the Berlusconi?” The star attended the world premiere of his new film Inferno last week in Florence.

“Every four years, the circus comes to town in the United States. Every four years, we decide who's going to be the leader,” he added. “It’s always at some form of crossroads. Often there is a fever pitch of fear and anxiety. Sometimes it's warranted, and other times it’s manufactured.”

The two-time Academy Award winning actor said “without a doubt the world is going through something quite profound in which the future is shaky, in which the future is mysterious, in which great parts of the world are dealing with problems that seem as though they have no solution”.

However, “when America has faced those circumstances and times, we have never turned to a simplistic, self-involved gasbag of a candidate,” he said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49