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Photos posted online of actor Tom Hanks posing with a fan pretending to be drunk have gone viral. (imgur.com)
Tom Hanks is continuing his streak of taking photos with fans -- though while at TIFF, not with the seemingly drunk ones.
A set of pictures recently went viral depicting the Academy award-winning actor with a young man at a restaurant appearing to be intoxicated. The pictures have been viewed more than 15-million times, while bloggers have been hailing Hanks as "truly awesome" to "the most fun celebrity out there."
Dozens of fans waiting Saturday by the red carpet at the Princess of Wales Theatre to see Hanks -- ahead of the premiere of the new Wachowski siblings film, Cloud Atlas -- were hoping for a re-creation of those photos. Instead, Hanks offered to click the shutter button himself for some fan pictures.
"A couple of girls were standing in front, and he took the camera and took the picture himself," said Szilvia Borsan, 23, who took a three-hour train ride from London that day to see Hanks. "It was very nice."
Borsan waited for six hours to meet the Forrest Gump star and killed time in the crowd by reading the Tom Hanks Enigma biography.
"I saw him and took pictures, but I wanted to take a picture with him," she said. "I couldn't get through. He's just an amazing human being. Everything he does with his career and outside of it, it's amazing. He's enigmatic and is a nice guy. I'd love to sit down with him and have a nice conversation."
Hanks remained in front of the theatre for about 10 minutes, chatting with anxious fans and signing notepads -- and in one instance, a Wilson volleyball, an homage to Cast Away. People described Hanks as natural, down-to-earth and friendly.
Inside the theatre, he took his time with reporters, even if he was being ushered away by his entourage.
"I'm always going to be fascinated (watching a movie with an audience)," Hanks said. "You can tell, it's not about the applause or the laughs, it's about the kinetic energy that goes on."
Allison Ortiz, 22, who flew in from New York City to also see Hanks and other celebrities at the film festival.
"My friends tried to take a picture with him," she said. "He was really nice and he was talking to people. He was trying to take his time and sign as many autographs and take as many pictures, but people got too crazy. His handler rushed him inside."
And weather be damned. Despite the September rain pouring down, people remained outside waiting for celebrities.
"(Hanks) is one of the greatest actors, even when he's just a voice," Ortiz said. "He was the voice of Woody. But my favourite movie is Philadelphia by far. It's totally worth waiting out here in the rain."