Tom Hanks Says He Wouldn't Take His Role As A Gay Man In "Philadelphia"

    "We're beyond that now."

    Tom Hanks may have won an Oscar for his role in Philadelphia, but it's not a part he would accept today.

    A closeup of Tom

    In the legal drama, Tom played a young lawyer named Andrew Beckett who is wrongfully fired after his firm learns that he is HIV-positive.

    Tom leans over to talk to his lawyer in the film

    Reflecting on the film, which was released almost 30 years ago, Tom says he doesn't believe he should portray a gay man on screen in today's society.

    A closeup of Tom

    "Could a straight man do what I did in Philadelphia now? No, and rightly so," Tom said in an interview with The New York Times Magazine.

    Tom and his lawyer walk through a crowd of press in the film

    He went on to say that the whole point of the movie "was don't be afraid" and "one of the reasons" people weren't afraid at the time was because it was Tom playing a gay man.

    Tom's character reads at a table with a container of food in front of him

    Tom added that the world has moved beyond that viewpoint now and wouldn't accept him in the role.

    A closeup of Tom

    "We're beyond that now," Tom said. "I don't think people would accept the inauthenticity of a straight guy playing a gay guy."

    Tom's character dresses casually while standing in front of a law firm

    He continued, "It's not a crime, it's not boohoo, that someone would say we are going to demand more of a movie in the modern realm of authenticity."

    Tom's character embraces with a female character inside a home

    Read the entire interview here.