SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: Tom Hanks attends the Sydney premiere of ELVIS at the State Theatre on June 05, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
TV - Movies
Tom Hanks
Regrets Being
Miscast In His
Biggest Flop
When you think about the most likable, talented actors in Hollywood, one of the first names that comes to mind is Tom Hanks. However, not all of his roles have been iconic, and the actor recently pointed out that he has a pretty good idea of why “The Bonfire of the Vanities” (and his performance in it) just wasn't up to snuff.
What exactly caused the beloved book to transform into a box office dud? According to Hanks, it primarily came down to casting: "Everybody was miscast, me particularly ... Brian De Palma deals with iconography more than filmmaking.”
Hanks' miscasting stems from the actor being likable and the character from the original novel "The Bonfire of the Vanities" needing to be superficially evil. It didn't translate well on-screen and is still regarded as one of the biggest misfires in Hollywood history.