Star divulges on Tom Hanks feud

A few weeks ago, a message went viral that originated when rapper Chet Haze (aka Chet Hanks) posted a screenshot of a text message from his father Tom Hanks on his Instagram story, asking for clarification on the feud between Drake and Kendrick Lamar.

“Big Main, can you explain to me the feud between Drake and Kendrick Lamar?” the elder Hanks asked his son, who then explained the backstory to the two rappers’ mutual diss tracks.

Well, it seems like now is the perfect time to ask the universe, “Big Main, can someone explain the feud between Tom Hanks and Henry Winkler to me?”

Because in case you didn’t know, there has been a feud between the two beloved actors for 30 years, and right now I feel like Hanks did two weeks ago, trying to understand how these two talents could not like each other.

Winkler has spoken about the dispute with Hanks before and he brought the feud to light again when he appeared in the How to Fail with Elizabeth Day Podcast in May when he recounted how he was fired as director of 1989 Turner & Hoochin which Hanks played the leading role.

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“I prepared for 11 weeks,” Winkler said, describing his work on the film. “I knew this dog. This bullmastiff, this drooling dog, and I became friends. The star did not become my friend.”

“You mean Tom Hanks? The ‘star’, Tom Hanks?” Day clarified.

“Probably,” Winkler replied, laughing.

Winkler then told a story that made it seem as if Hanks had a problem with the fact that Winkler’s fame and reputation might overshadow his own.

“We were in Carmel, this wonderful little seaside town on the coast of California, looking for a location, and a woman, honestly, comes running out of a store and says, ‘Henry, Fonz! Oh, my God!’ And I say, ‘And of course you know Tom Hanks.’ When I got fired 13 days into shooting, the cameraman said, ‘I knew this was going to happen in Carmel that day,'” Winkler recalls.

Ron Howard, who is friends with both men, has also spoken publicly about their dispute, saying in 2020: “It was disappointing. I’m friends with both of them and both men felt compelled to talk to me about it.”

He added: “It was just one of those unfortunate situations where they really had a working style that didn’t fit. I know it was painful for both of them and I was able to listen to them, if not offer solutions.”

Although Winkler maintains a diplomatic approach and denies ever having had an actual feud with Hanks, it’s clear that the whole Turner & Hooch thing still stirs certain feelings in him.

(Chet Haze, if you have a more insightful summary of this feud, please write to me.)

This article originally appeared in Decider and has been reproduced with permission

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