Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson have coronavirus: Here’s how Hollywood reacted to this news
The news has left many stars shaken as the couple are the first major US celebrities known to have contracted COVID-19, which has infected more than 1,000 people in the United States.
Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, have both tested positive for coronavirus in Australia. The actor shared the news on social media, saying that he and his wife would be "tested, observed and isolated" for as long as required. The news left many stars shaken as the couple are the first major US celebrities known to have contracted COVID-19, which has infected more than 1,000 people in the United States.
The two-time Academy Award winning actor said that he and Wilson, who are both 63, were tested in Australia, where he is working on a film, after they felt tired and achy with slight fevers.
Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive. Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!
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Hanks had travelled to Australia to begin filming an upcoming movie about Elvis Presley. He is set to play Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in the Warner Bros. production.
"The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world," Warner Bros., owned by AT&T Inc, said in a written statement. It was not immediately clear if filming on the project would be postponed due to the actor's illness.
Hanks won best actor Academy Awards for his role in 1994's "Philadelphia", in which he plays a man stricken with AIDS, and "Forrest Gump" the following year. Wilson has appeared in such films as "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Runaway Bride."
The couple's son Chet later posted a video on Twitter saying that he had spoken to his parents and that they were doing fine.
As the news broke, several celebrities expressed their concern and asked the couple "to stay strong".
Amber Ruffin — a writer on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and the star of the upcoming Peacock show “The Amber Ruffin Show” — tweeted:
TOM HANKS HAS CORONAVIRUS— amber ruffin (@ambermruffin) March 12, 2020
THE WORLD IS UPSIDE DOWN
WE HAVE TO START OVER
GOOD THINGS ARE NO MORE
Comedian Whitney Cummings tweeted: