Actor helps dedicate Tom Hanks motion pictures center

20 April 2016, 12:00AM

Actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks proves again he excels at taking directions.

Hank wielded oversized scissors Tuesday and, on a count of three, led a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a newly renovated motion pictures center named for him at Wright State University in Ohio.

It doesn't matter where a student goes to college, Hanks said, adding, "It matters how hard you work. I hope this building spurs the students who come here."

Hanks said that when he was a teenager, he couldn't have gotten into the university. He joked about his performance on the SATs, asking his audience to guess what he got on the tests. His answer? "Spilled Coca-Cola."

The Oscar-winning star isn't an alumnus, but has connections with teachers and alumni of the public school.

Hanks is national co-chair of a $150 million fundraising campaign for the university, along with Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Hanks planned to attend a fundraising gala and talk with theater, dance and motion picture students during his Tuesday visit.

Historian David McCullough also visited the campus Tuesday and conducted a master class with WSU students. The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian is collaborating with Hanks on an HBO miniseries based on McCullough's latest book, "The Wright Brothers."

"I think that the Wright brothers are a lesson in history if ever there was," said the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, according to the Dayton Daily News.


20 April 2016, 12:00AM

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