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Tom Hanks and Paul Newman on playing bad guys

Tom Hanks and Paul Newman talk about their trip to the dark side via the ”Road to Perdition” — an excerpt from Entertainment Weekly’s July 19, 2002, cover story

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On July 12, moviegoers will be able to pass judgment on one thing two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, the man who can seemingly do anything, may or may not have the ability to do: play a killer. The film is ”Road to Perdition,” costarring Paul Newman and Jude Law, directed by Sam Mendes (following up his 1999 Oscar-winning debut feature, ”American Beauty”), and produced by Richard and Dean Zanuck and Mendes. It is the summer movie season’s obligatory prestige picture, the kind of august piece of Oscar bait more commonly seen in the fall. It is a stately, serious, somber film; it is not, to use Newman’s words, ”a popcorn flick,” in which ”the orgasm has to be four times as great as the last great orgasm. This picture aspires to something.”