Why Tom Hanks Refused Jeff Bezos’ Space Ride Offer
Actor Tom Hanks has revealed that Jeff Bezos had offered him a ride to space on his Blue Origin rocket, which he rejected.
The actor confirmed Jeff Bezos’ offer in an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday, saying he was expected to pay if he accepted the offer.
“Is it true that you were asked to go to space by Jeff Bezos before William Shatner?” Kimmel had asked.
“Well yeah, provided I pay,” Hanks responded. “It costs like $28 million or something like that. And I’m doing good, Jimmy — I’m doing good — but I ain’t paying $28 million. You know what, we could simulate the experience of going to space right now.”
Hanks then went on to mimic shaking in a rocket while in his chair, saying, “I don’t need to spend 28 million bucks to do that.”
Hanks had appeared on the Kimmel to promote his new movie “Finch.”
He also paid tribute to his late friend, actor Peter Scolari, whom he worked with on the sitcom “Bosom Buddies.”
Kimmel played a clip from a 1981 episode of the show, with Hanks saying the two were so connected.
In October, William Shatner and three other private citizens had taken a short trip to space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard aircraft.
Shatner and Hanks aren’t the only Hollywood stars to have been offered a trip into the great beyond.
Last year, it was announced that Tom Cruise would travel into space to film a new movie alongside director Doug Liman. The film is in conjunction with Nasa and Elon Musk’s SpaceX programme to orchestrate the project.
Russian actor Yulia Peresild and filmmaker Klim Shipenko became the first people to shoot a fiction film in space.
The movie Challenge tells the story of a surgeon dispatched to a space station to save a crew member with a deadly heart condition.