‘Big’: Tom Hanks’ Co-Star Addressed Its Most Controversial Moment

Tom Hanks‘ place among cinema’s greatest movie stars was secure a long time ago. The actor rose to prominence in the 1980s, jumping from TV’s Bosom Buddies to hit comedies like Splash and Bachelor Party. But it was 1988’s Big that gave audiences their first taste of the kind of range Hanks could bring to the big screen. Even so, the movie isn’t without its controversies, including one particular moment that Hanks’ co-star needed to address directly.

Actor Tom Hanks on the set of a Fox TV kids show pilot, Chicago, Illinois, May 17, 1988. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

‘Big’ starring Tom Hanks almost never happened

The film tells the story of a young Josh Baskin (David Moscow) who makes a wish to be “big.” And indeed director Penny Marshall’s movie is as much about Josh’s coming of age as it is a fish-out-of-water comedy. There’s a delicate balance present in Big that doesn’t feel like it should work. Yet, thanks to Hanks’ charms, it works, which makes the movie Big could have been even more mystifying.

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‘Big’: Tom Hanks’ Co-Star Addressed Its Most Controversial Moment