During the final run of the blockbuster stage production of ‘Henry IV’ Tom Hanks, 61, had more on his plate than he bargained for when an audience member fell ill and caused the show to stop unexpectedly. While the medical professionals tended to the incident, complete-pro Hanks gave the audience something that they never thought they’d see. And now, it's all anyone can talk about!!
In full costume for his role of Sir John Falstaff in a Los Angeles production of the classic tale, the veteran actor took it upon himself to entertain spectators with an interactive ad-lib with the crowd. He showed his talent as a true professional when things did not go as planned, holding true to the old adage, "The show must go on."
The Daily Dot puts it this way, “Being a real pro, Hanks ad-libbed for over five minutes while staying in character and the audience enjoyed a free presentation from an acting legend in a fat suit.” When you watch the video you'll notice that the crowd seemed completely mesmerized by Hanks' divergence from the scripted storyline, and their applause and laughter prove that they did not mind one bit!
Admirers were dazzled as ‘Falstaff’ mused about extra intermissions and “pee-pee” breaks, as patrons went wild with delight. Hanks even invited one audience member onto the stage to take part in his extemporaneous exhibition, even using her as a foil for some of his jokes.
For those in attendance, the time seemed to fly and before they knew it, Hanks signaled the return to the regularly scheduled program with these words, “Ladies and gentlemen, on with the play!”
With undoubtedly a tiny bit of disappointment, the audience returned to the world of Shakespeare and Sir John Falstaff, leaving “Tom Hanks in a fat suit” behind.
To watch the entire ad-lib, watch the video, below.