Tom Hanks gives a faultless performance as hotshot lawyer, Andrew Beckett, who is attempting to sue his ex-law firm for firing him after realising he had AIDS.
Tom Hanks said: “There was a two-fold process to it (preparing to play Andy); to be educated in what happens to the body when it’s invaded by the virus, and I spoke to a great number of people who have AIDS.”
Of the 53 gay people who appeared in the film, 43 had died by the time
arrived on screens.
“In the first transfusion scene I happened to be seated next to a guy who was really way down the line, and we were chatting about his family – he had lesions on his face and he weighed almost nothing – and I asked how he was living and what it was like and where he worked, and he worked at a noodle company, in a factory and he made noodles, and he said ‘they’re the most wonderful group of people, you can’t imagine. I go into work every day, even when I was on my oxygen.’
You end up having those kind of conversations with people that – it’s a hard movie for me to watch now, because I remember the guy from the noodle factory. He’s right there, they last forever, y'know, these movies.”