Tom Hanks is remembered for so many iconic roles, such as his iconic character Private Ryan from the 1988 classic film, “Saving Private Ryan.” However, one of his early characters left a deep impression on people, and it’s his role as Josh Baskin in the 1988 American fantasy comedy-drama film, Big.
One of the movie’s memorable scenes is the “piano scene”
The movie Big was about the 12-year old Josh Baskin, wishing to be “big.” His dream came true in no time as he turned from a boy to an adult overnight. Josh being a kid trapped inside an adult’s body, learned how to be an adult with the help of his best friend, and then managed to get a job at a toy store. At that toy store, there was a large floor piano that Tom Hanks as Josh, and Robert Loggia as MacMillan danced on. The piano scene became one of the most iconic scenes of the movie.
25 years later, Big became a topic on the talk show he became a guest at
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In 2013, Tom Hanks was invited as a special talk show guest in The Jonathan Ross Show. Ross somehow happened to discuss Hanks’ role in the movie as well as the infamous “piano scene.” While they were talking, Ross was slowly leading the clueless Hanks into the camouflaged fake floor on the set.
Hanks was surprised when Ross peeled the fake floor off, revealing a large piano mat that was installed beforehand.
He was asked to re-enact the scene from the “piano scene”
After seeing the piano mat, Hanks was laughing as he already realized what’s about to happen. As expected, Ross asked him to play the piano. The scene was already 25 years old at the time, but the memories were slowly coming back to Hanks as he took his first step on the large piano. Hanks began with the song “Heart and Soul.” Although, since it was something that he wasn’t able to do for a long time, he had shown some struggles on the set.
Hanks and Ross danced together to “Chopsticks.” It was fairly easier than the other song, but the fact that it was Ross’ first attempt at the routine and Hank’s 25-year gap, those factors made it difficult for them to be in synch. To make things more lively, Hanks and Ross instead did a hilarious skit by dancing to a famous classical song.
It was a bit tough, but a special guest came in to help him with it
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Someone stepped into the challenge and it was actress Sandra Bullock, who happened to know about that infamous routine. Ross and Hanks were worried about her wearing long stilettos, but she took the challenge with confidence regardless.
Hanks and Bullock stood side by side, ready to dance “Chopsticks.”
Despite the heels, Bullock still crushed it
The moment the newly formed duo danced on the piano, you could already see how well they were doing it. They were in perfect sync at the start, but once they reached the last part, Bullock refused to stretch her legs further to reach the last tile.
“I’m not hitting that last one!” she said. You’d understand why once you watch the video.
Fun fact: The actors themselves danced to that scene in the film
The great thing about that scene was the fact that the actors themselves danced on that scene. Even though there were doubles prepared to dance for them at that scene, it was Hanks and Loggia who still ended up dancing to the catchy piano songs “Heart and Soul” as well as “Chopsticks.” Maybe that’s one of the reasons why the scene became so memorable.
Watch the video below to enjoy their “Big” moment!
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