the New York Times that both “Philadelphia” and his 1994 dramedy “Forrest Gump” were “timely movies, at the time, that you might not be able to make now.”“Let’s address, ‘Could a straight man do what I did in Philadelphia now?’ ” Hanks asked. “No, and rightly so.

The whole point of ‘Philadelphia’ was don’t be afraid. One of the reasons people weren’t afraid of that movie is that I was playing a gay man.

We’re beyond that now, and I don’t think people would accept the inauthenticity of a straight guy playing a gay guy,” he went on.“It’s not a crime, it’s not boohoo, that someone would say we are going to demand more of a movie in the modern realm of authenticity,” the “Cast Away” actor added. “Do I sound like I’m preaching?