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Mike, did you ever see the movie 'Cast Away?' In that movie, Tom Hanks' only friend was a ball named Wilson. In this game, Russell Wilson's only friend is a football.

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I didn't get to meet Hank Williams. I was in the Air Force on Okinawa when he passed away.

Kermit was the Everyman, the original Tom Hanks, but I have a special place in my heart for Fozzie Bear. The classic borderline hacky entertainer.

I got Jimmy Hall from Wet Willie and he also plays now with Hank Williams Jr.

I always wanted a guitar. I always wanted to be a cowboy singer because I also listened to Hank Williams, and he would always sing these neat romantic songs.


The Hank Williams Syndrome: Come to Nashville, write some good songs, cut some hit records, make money, take all the drugs you can and drink all you can, become a wild man and all of a sudden die.

There are a lot of actors that I really love to watch, actors who I have fun watching - I think Johnny Depp is phenomenal. But I wouldn't want that career as much as I'd like a career like Tom Hanks - he kind of represents the everyman.

You think about people like Hank Williams, who stood on that spot of wood, and Mr. Acuff, and, of course, George Jones. And just about anybody you can think of who has made country music has been on that stage. That's what makes you so nervous - to think about the historical part of the Opry and how it's played such a part in country music.

My heroes are guys like Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon.

These are amazing actors with amazing careers that every actor should aspire to. I'm not saying I'm going to get anywhere close. It's not going to be an easy feat. I'm just in awe of their careers.

My manager was Buddy Glee, who put me together with Mike Curb, and was basically the idea to bring some soul to the label and bring something different to the label besides the Hank Williams situation.


Hank, when people call people nerds mostly what they're saying is,'You like stuff'.

I've taken a lot of crap from a lot of people.

Probably more than anybody in the history of this sport. I know Hank (Aaron) and Jackie (Robinson) took a good deal of crap, but I guarantee it wasn't for six years. I just keep thinking: How much am I supposed to take?

I'd put Hank Williams picture on one hundred dollar bills.

London life was very full and exciting [.

..] But in London there would be no greenhouse with a glossy tank, and no apple-room, and no potting-shed, earthy and warm, with bunches of poppy heads hanging from the ceiling, and sunflower seeds in a wooden box, and bulbs in thick paper bags, and hanks of tarred string, and lavender drying on a tea-tray.

If Ford is to Chevrolet what Dodge is to Chrysler, what Corn Flakes are to Post Toasties, what the clear blue sky is to the deep blue sea, what Hank Williams is to Neil Armstrong - can you doubt we were made for each other?


I never knew that ["Hank Zipzer"] would happen in my life.

It is one of the greatest things. It is like a gift from God.

Sometimes I feel like the Tom Hanks character in Big.

But my life is not a movie. I never have to go back to Coney Island to find the fortune-teller machine so I have to grow up again.

Old Hank would be proud, and Elvis would too, cause we like our country mixed with some big city blues.

I'm mad at Hank Aaron for deciding to play one more season.

I threw him his last home run and thought I'd be remembered forever. Now, I'll have to throw him another.

I take that back. If Hank wants to shoot Scott, he has my blessing.


They [Tom Hanks and Paul Newman] were simply always high level masters, and taught me as a kid actor never to be an a*shole to anybody, because it would be very tough to get past where they are.

In a perfect world, my tennis game gets better.

I have kids and a beautiful wife and live on some hill somewhere that's not in Los Angeles. And the script that Tom Hanks just barely turned down gets in my hands.

One feature film that I am most proud of is Forrest Gump which starred Tom Hanks. Once you are called out to work in film, yes it is a small industry and your name gets around pretty fast.

The last song I recorded with [Hank Williams, Sr.

] was "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive." I remember thinking, "Hoss, you're not just jivin'," because he was so weak that all he could do was sing a few lines and then just fall in the chair.

I'm not an Adonis, that's for damn sure.

I've never really thought of myself that way, and it doesn't matter to me. My favorite actors aren't Adonises. Dustin Hoffman is a flawed-looking man; he's amazing to me. Tom Hanks is flawed-looking; people love him. Same with Gene Hackman.


I mean, Hank Paulson is in there [ Treasury] at the wrong time, probably shouldn't have taken the job. He's a friend of mine. But he knows markets, he knows corporations' work, he knows money, and he's got the interests of the country at heart.

Frank [Sinatra] sang to you, not at you, like so many pop singers today.

Even singers of standards. I never wanted to be a singer that sings at somebody. I've always wanted to sing to somebody. I would have gotten that subliminally from Frank many years ago. Hank Williams did that, too. He sang to you.

Tom Hanks has been a huge idol of mine.

I'd love to work with someone like him someday. You could learn a lot working with someone like that.

I don't think Hank's home run record will ever be broken. There's no way.

My father had a varied ear, from Hank Williams to Ravel.


When Hank Jones had his night off, I would get somebody to take my place as intermission pianist and I'd play the show with Ella, so I would get a chance to play with Ray Brown and Charlie Smith as well.

I played with Willie Mays and against Hank Aaron.

They were tremendous players, but they were no Josh Gibson.

I've written enough books with real celebrities, such as Walter Payton and Hank Aaron and Billy Graham, to know that fame looks good only to people who don't have it.

People I look to: again, Hank Aaron, man you challenged the status quo and the records of the game. Monumental feats in an era where people didn't like that.

Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams.

All of them are different styles, but those are the songs that make the times. They're the songs that last through time.

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