This weekend brings 1883 season 1 episode 2 to the Paramount Network, and with that none other than Tom Hanks! We know that the greater Yellowstone franchise has a thing for big names given that they have Kevin Costner on board the flagship, but Hanks is one of the most in-demand actors out there!
So how did a Paramount+ series, and a spin-off prequel no less, managed to get Hanks for a cameo as General George Meade? As it turns out, this has a lot to do with series star Tim McGraw calling up the actor for a favor. Speaking in a new interview with Cinema Blend, the country star-turned-actor made it clear that he and Tom are close, and all it took was a phone call to convince him to turn up:
“You never want to botch a scene when you got Tom Hanks in there with you … But yeah, he’s a great guy. We’ve been friends for a long time. Rita, his wife, and Faith are best friends, and Tom and I’ve been friends for 25 years, 24 years. I knew that there was this part in there, and I gave him a call said, ‘Hey, would you be interested in showing up doing a cameo in this show that we’re doing?’ And he goes, ‘Tell me when to be there,’ and he just showed up.'”
Getting Hanks in the early going here is a sign of this franchise’s overall strength, but also that there’s a real effort to make 1883 a huge hit from the get-go. We know that by far, it’s the biggest hit in the history of Paramount+ — heck, it’s the biggest original hit for the service dating back to when it was called CBS All Access! It’s a foregone conclusion that there’s another season coming, and there could be more offshoots of the original Yellowstone before long.
Were you surprised at all to see Tom Hanks turn up on 1883?
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