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Tom Hanks ‘haunted’ by childhood moment when he ignored his son

Tom Hanks is still haunted by a moment when he ignored his then four-year-old son.
The Castaway actor has four kids, eldest son Colin and daughter Elizabeth with ex-wife Samantha Lewes and sons Chester and Truman with current spouse Rita Wilson. Tom is proud of all of his offspring, but has one regret when it comes to his parenting lookalike Colin, who is now following in his father’s footsteps with his own successful acting career.
One day, his son wanted to go out with him and he yelled at his father from the window of their home, but Tom ignored him and got into his car and drove off.
“He was only four, and I could have taken a moment and been a decent dad and gone to him,” he sighed to Daily Mail Online, admitting he was “young and stupid” at the time and didn’t think it would make a big difference. However, for Tom, the memory lingers with him to this day, as he missed out on that one chance to do something.
“That has haunted me. But you know something? I mentioned it to him not long ago. I said: ‘Do you remember that time when you were four and I was getting into the car and you kept calling to me and I didn’t say anything?’ And he just looked at me like I was crazy, and said: ‘No! I don’t remember that!’”
Luckily Tom has Rita, 59, to keep him in check nowadays and the couple are rarely seen apart. He has also provided her with a great deal of support since they tied the knot in 1988, especially during her recent breast cancer diagnosis.
Luckily, after revealing she’d undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery last year (15), the actress is free of the disease and although Tom has been praised for his encouragement and giving her hope, he doesn’t see himself as a hero.
“My task wasn’t so great – it was just to be attentive and supportive, and if you can’t do that, well, then you’re a coward,” he explained. “It isn’t brave to be the husband of somebody who’s battling cancer – the brave one is the one who’s actually doing it!”

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