Actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were reported to have landed on Australian soil earlier this year to film an Elvis Presley biopic, in which Tom Hanks was cast as Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
They were in Sydney, Australia, before the unfortunate COVID-19 scare swept across the globe, and everything ground to a halt. On March 11, 2020, Tom Hanks announced in a Tweet that he and his wife had tested positive for the dreaded virus and were receiving treatment in Australia.
What Happened Next
The Warner Bros. production, which was set to release in October 2021, was suspended due to the pandemic. The celebrity couple after receiving treatment were confined to self-isolation in a rented apartment in the Gold Coast, while there their son kept the public updated on Twitter.
Tom Hanks, who is known for his healthy sense of humor, kept his fans updated on their progress while in isolation. In one of his Tweets, he joked about Rita Wilson beating him at Gin Rummy and that he now knows not to spread his vegemite too thick.
He posted a picture of his once-favorite Corona brand typewriter which he had traveled with and now for obvious reasons had lost a place in his heart. He reported their improving health but said that doing the dishes would lead to a nap on the couch. The couple, both 63 years old, had noticed general body aches and weakness and wisely sought medical help, where they were placed amongst the first high profile cases.
The Good News
Thankfully, on March 28, the COVID-19 survivors arrived back in the U.S., and Tom Hanks was reportedly caught doing a celebratory dance. In a Tweet, he stated thus, “Hey, Folks… we’re home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing. Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with good wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it. Hanx.”
The Captain Philips and Big movie star obviously has a lot to be grateful for, as his testimony to the fact that with great care and medical help the virus is beatable. Rita Wilson took to social media to show her gratitude for good health and to reveal the significance of the date March 29.
As she can record a number of amazing things happening in her life over the years, including beating breast cancer, having her name placed on the Walk of Fame and most recently defeating the dreaded COVID-19, and returning home a survivor.
While we are happy for the couple, we would be happier if everyone plays their role in kicking the novel virus off our planet, by taking the necessary precautions.