Tom Hanks: Ready to donate plasma

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Tom Hanks. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO – Film star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have recovered from Covid 19. Now they are willing to share their blood to help in the fight against the disease. 

Tom Hanks said on a recent podcast of NPR’s “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” that he and his wife, actress/ singer Rita Wilson, want to donate their blood to research because their blood now carries coronavirus antibodies. 

“We have not only been approached, we have said, ‘Do you want our blood? Can we give plasma?’ “ Hanks said during the podcast. “And in fact, we will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the ‘Hank-ccine,’ “ 

“We had all of the flu-like symptoms,” he said. “My wife Rita was a little worse off than me. She had a very high temperature.” 

Hanks joked that he’s prepared to be generous with the “Hank-ccine.” 

“I’m not trying to hog it with a copyright,” he said as quoted by CNN. 

The actor has a soft spot for the NPR show which he guest-hosted three years ago. 

“It’s good to be back,” he told host Peter Sagal. “The source of the finest reviews of my career.” 

Hanks was jokingly asked “If there is a sequel, would you consider being in Covid-20?” 

“Yes I would,” the star said. “I would answer all the questions left.” 

Hanks and Wilson were diagnosed with the virus on March when they were in Australia. Hanks is there working on an as-yet-untitled Elvis Presley movie for Warner Bros. He is playing the singer’s manager Colonel Tom Parker. (rp)