Tom Hanks landed what is quite possibly one of the grandest dreams a child could ever have. Tom Hanks gets to be the man that owns Disney World. Let that sink in for a moment and please continue reading once you’re lucidity has been restored. Tom Hanks is starring in the film “SAVING MR. BANKS” giving us the tale of how Walt Disney incessantly nagged author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) for the film rights to the novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. Check out the photos:
When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers’ reflects back on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only molded her aspirations to write, but one that also inspired the characters in her 1934 book.
None more so than the one person whom she loved and admired more than any other—her caring father, Travers Goff, a tormented banker who, before his untimely death that same year, instills the youngster with both affection and enlightenment (and would be the muse for the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks, the sole character that the famous nanny comes to aide). While reluctant to grant Disney the film rights, Travers comes to realize that the acclaimed Hollywood storyteller has his own motives for wanting to make the film—which, like the author, hints at the relationship he shared with his own father in the early 20th Century Midwest.
That’s a remarkable look for Tom Hanks. He’s not identical but has enough of the look needed to convince me that he could be Walt Disney and the rest will be reliant on his performance.