How a Softball Game Led Ron Howard to Cast Tom Hanks in the Film That Made the Oscar-Winning Actor Famous

How a Softball Game Led Ron Howard to Cast Tom Hanks in the Film That Made the Oscar-Winning Actor Famous


Ron Howard and Tom Hanks | Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images

There’s something to be said for being in the right place at the right time.

This was quite true for actor Tom Hanks who discovered in the 1980s that it was saying yes to a softball game, not a cocktail party or an after-anything party, that led to his first huge hit film.

Hanks was nervous during his ‘Splash’ audition

Tom Hanks on the set of 'Splash', 1984
Tom Hanks on the set of ‘Splash’, 1984 | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

In a 2015 conversation with BuzzFeed, Hanks opened up about how he thought he’d blown it during his audition for the 1984 film about a man who falls in love with a mermaid. He starred with Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, and the late John Candy in the still-beloved movie.

“We had a read-through of it and I…



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