Fans of Tom Hanks are outraged by rumors about the actor’s health amid the spread of a video showing him trembling on the stage of the Australian premiere of his new film “Elvis”.
The newly released footage, recorded on June 4, shows Hanks’ hands trembling as he seems to be struggling to hold the microphone steadily – as the crowd laughs and applauds for his witty words.
The 65-year-old film legend – who went public with his diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in 2013 – moved the microphone back and forth between his trembling hands. At several points, he tried to hold the device with both hands as he spoke to his enthusiastic audience.
Hanks, who co-starred as Colonel Tom Parker against Austin Butler’s Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s controversial biographical film, did not mention his apparent tremor as he addressed the crowd.
Representatives of the Hanks camp have not yet responded to The Post’s request for comment. However, fans of the Forest Gump icon have flocked to social media, saying international speculation about his health was inaccurate – and inappropriate.
“He’s still one of the best actors left – his health is his job.” one declares.
According to the Daily Mirror, another fan jumped in defense of Hanks, saying: “God forbid, it could be just adrenaline and nerves!”
Meanwhile, several conspiracy theorists on Twitter are doing so joined in with strange false allegations that Hanks’ tremor may be caused by the COVID-19 vaccine. The actor was one of the first public figures to test positive for coronavirus in March 2020 while filming Elvis in Australia.
Another passionate defender said that the unstable hands of the resilient star may be due to his diabetes and should not be a cause for concern.
“He is diabetic. This happens to my mother when she has low blood sugar, “they said.
Hanks made public his diagnosis of diabetes during an interview with The Late Show with David Letterman in 2013.
“I went to the doctor and he said, ‘Do you know those high blood sugar you’ve been having for 36 years?'” Hanks said. “Well, you’re done!” You have type 2 diabetes, young man. ”
Hanks later told the Radio Times that he was a “complete idiot” about taking care of himself: “I am part of the lazy American generation that blindly continues to dance at the party and is now suffering from an illness,” he said. “I was heavy. You’ve seen me in movies, you know what I looked like. I was a complete idiot. I thought I could avoid it by removing the rolls from my cheeseburgers. ”
Hanks has a history of gaining and losing weight for Hollywood roles. He reportedly amassed £ 30 to play a besieged baseball manager in the 1992 Home League. He then lost more than £ 50 to the 2000 island adventure of Cast Away.
Hanks’ weight yo-yo could play a role in the development of the disease, said then Dr. Holly Phillips of CBS News.
“With dramatic weight gain and dramatic weight loss, the body’s balance is simply completely disturbed,” said Phillips. “So that may predispose him to developing type 2 diabetes later.”
She added: “He will have to be very careful about what he eats… he will have to exercise regularly, but there is no reason why he cannot live a completely normal life.”