#HANX for the Memories #027 – That Thing You Do! (1996)
Two years ago, we did a deep dive into the world of That Thing You Do! for our Charlize Theron podcast, Watch The Theron. We learned that there was a director’s cut — especially noteworthy here, as this movie was written and directed by Tom Hanks! — that added nearly 40 minutes of new footage, specifically around the “before she was mega famous” Charlize role. It didn’t make a ton of sense for the movie, but we ate it up, because more Tina meant more for us to talk about. Fast forward to #HANX for the Memories, and the extra 40 minutes of That Thing You Do! don’t work nearly as well for the story. In this episode, we talk about Hanks’s debut as a feature film writer and director, compliment the selective use of his character in the story, and talk about the weird Hanks familial dynamics on display.
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