Photo via Dick Thomas Johnson from Tokyo, Japan
It’s unfortunate The Graham Norton Show doesn’t air in the US, because it’s easily one of the best interview television programs ever. When you mix a group of celebrities with alcohol and the UK’s looser censorship rules on cussing and lewdness, only greatness occurs.
When you go to a festival, what are two things you always check for before you leave? Most people would say phone and wallet (including ID). When you’re a celebrity, especially in the case of 62-year-old Tom Hanks, the ID becomes more of a formality. Still, that didn’t stop a stickler for the rules at Stagecoach from giving Hanks a beer when he tried to get one without his government issued identification.
“[…] at about 1:10, I decided to go get myself a frosty cold one. And I went up and said ‘Hi, how you doin?’ I give them a couple seconds to let the H-bomb drop… ‘Tom Hanks!’ ‘Hi how are you, nice to see you, could I have a draw please?’ ‘Oh yeah sure, could we see your ID bracelet?’”
Hanks replied: “First of all, you know my name, and secondly, I’d like a beer,” to which he was told: “Well we can’t sell you a beer without proof of ID.”
“I said, ‘Look, not only am I who you think I am, I’m also 62 god damn years old,’” Hanks told Norton.
Watch the clip from the show below.