Tom Hanks “I Wanted To Play Men Instead of Boys.”

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W‘s June 2011 cover 

Photograph by Mario Sorrenti. Roberts styled by L’Wren Scott. Hanks styled by Negar Ali. Hair by Serge Normant; makeup by Genevieve Herr for Lancôme; grooming by Jetty Stutzman; manicures by Lisa Jachno for Cloutier Remix/Lancôme. Production by Stardust Visions. Fashion: On Roberts: Dolce & Gabbana’s silk dress. Burberry belt. On Hanks: Tom Ford’s silk suit; Dolce & Gabbana’s cotton shirt. Beauty: Lancôme Teint Miracle Lit-From-Within Makeup in Bisque 5C; Desert Rose Blush; Color Design Sensation Effects Eye Shadow Smooth Hold in It List; Le Crayon Khôl EyeLiner in Black Ebony; Définicils Precious Cells mascara in Black;L’Absolu Nu Replenishing & Enhancing Lipcolor in Cream Lace.

Hanks on moving away from playing ‘the romantic guy’:
“I told my agents that I wasn’t going to play pussies anymore. I was tired of playing, ‘Oh, boo-hoo—I was in love, but oh, boo-hoo-hoo.’ There comes an age when you can’t do that anymore. I wanted to play men instead of boys. In your mid-30s, it’s time to start playing guys of compromise. And as you get older, men of bitter compromise [Laughs].”

Roberts on her character in Larry Crowne:
“I spend a lot of the movie woozy. Why did Tom Hanks think of me when he thought of a drunken schoolteacher? What does that mean? He has me chugging margaritas. It’s hard to chug a margarita! I asked why it couldn’t be straight liquor, and he said it was funnier if it was a drink made in a blender.”

Roberts on whether she attended college:
“No. This was my first college experience. And the first time I had to speak in front of a classroom, I was apoplectic. All these faces looking up at me, thinking, What is she going to teach us? I needed to find my composure. It was very hard-it was terrible, in fact.”

Roberts on whether she’ll ever direct:
“No. I can direct breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I take pride in my kitchen, but I’m not going to direct a movie.”

Roberts on spotlighting Javier Bardem’s performance in Beautiful:
“Yes, I was the loudmouth on that. It was a crazy travesty that the movie wasn’t getting attention. And it’s funny to throw your weight around. That’s one of the perks of what we do.”

Hanks on being nervous at the start of his career:
Always. I get nervous now. But I always remember three things: Show up on time, know what you’re going to say, and have an idea about the character. And when I direct, that’s what I expect from my actors. You’d be amazed how hard it is to do those three things.

Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts cover the June 2011 issue of W magazine. Both stars will appear in Larry Crowne, which arrives in theaters on July 1st. In the W interview, the stars talk about acting and the upcoming movie, which Tom Hanks directed.

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