Tom Hanks Talks The Pacific Mini-Series


How much am I looking forward to Tom Hanks’ return to World War II, this time in the Pacific theater, with the epic mini-series “The Pacific”? So much that I’m even contemplating signing up for HBO just so I can see the episodes as they are rolled out on their first-runs, instead of waiting for the DVD or, ahem, using other means to see them, the way I did with “Band of Brothers”. Collider recently had a chance to talk to Hanks about “The Pacific”, and here are the highlights.


Collider: I was going to ask you specifically about “The Pacific”. How is that going?

Tom Hanks: It’s half-way done. There are going to be 10 hours in there I think we just started our 5th hour down there.

Collider: And how would you compare it to “Band of Brothers”?

Tom Hanks: It has to be different because it just can’t be the same theme. It’s not as clean as “Band of Brothers”. “Band of Brothers” came from Ambrose’s book and we bought 4 or 5 books and they were like…we just happened to be able to intersect them. And we can’t just go back and re-create World War II one more time. You have to make it a much more personal saga and also the nature of warfare in the South Pacific was so different than say liberating Holland. So it’s going to be tougher. It’s going to be a hard…I mean to watch…it’s going to be a harder series.

Wow, are you kidding me? “The Pacific” is going to be “harder” than “Band of Brothers”? That’s saying a lot, because “Band of Brothers” was pretty damn brutal at certain points.

Now I’m REALLY looking forward to this…

Tom Hanks Talks The Pacific Mini-Series

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  • Thomas Domasky

    Dear Mr. Lumiere,

    My nephew just told me about your response. I am a bit flattered by it. I would be more than happy to share the stories my father gave to me. In fact, My niece's husband actually filed my father telling one of his stories when he was in the hospital prior to his passing.

    See, he was a marine ranger and one of his missions (the one on file) was when he was at sea, his group was put on life rafts and had to paddle to shore, plot the Japanese gun implacements then paddle back out before the shelling. He said he “ate his chow” about an arm reach away from a Japanese soldier (it was in the jungle and, of course, dark).

    My father was a stand out football player at McCloud High School in Northern California (had an offer to play at St. Mary's in 39 but said he knew there was going to be a war so joined the Marines.

    Interestingly enough, while living in McCloud he worked for William Randolph Hurst (kept the bridle path clear, the Hurst Chatteau is located at McCloud Reservoir). He was paid extra to see that Marian Davies wasn't given liquor, Marian Davies paid my dad extra to see that she got liquor, he made out just fine.

    The headwaters of the McCloud River (PGE Resovoir) still has a bit of sand left today. Mr. Hurst used to have sand dumped there just so Marian Davies had a beach. My father said it was nothing to go get a hair cut and see Errol Flynn getting a hair cut (and apparently other stars of the day too).

    Thomas Domasky

  • Louise Yeomans

    Two weeks ago in Australia nurses gave returning soldiers possibly pineapple juice as they lined up. It was dispensed in plastic disposable cups. These were not produced/invented until 1960. Prior to that the americans used Dixie Cup – a wax version. Love the show however this stood out as a major flaw.

  • Louise Yeomans

    Two weeks ago in Australia nurses gave returning soldiers possibly pineapple juice as they lined up. It was dispensed in plastic disposable cups. These were not produced/invented until 1960. Prior to that the americans used Dixie Cup – a wax version. Love the show however this stood out as a major flaw.

  • Scoutrobyn

    my name is Robyn Campbell and I live in Australia. I have just finished watching the pacific and tom hanks portrays the pacific as if the americans were the only ones there. My father was in new Guinea he was missing in action and wounded. He fought at buna and what I have read of this battle it was a blood bath for all concerned. But the pacific series shows that only yanks were in new guinea. Australians were already fighting in ww2 before America even came into it we had already been fighting in Europe. I believe that any producer that is making a show about the war should include all nationalities that fought in the war. The pacific mini series portrays to a lot of australians that americans think they were the only ones in the war and that is not the case we are still standing beside americans even to this day as in Afghanistan.

  • William Rivers Freedman

    From where did the .30 caliber machine gun crew materialize during the Battle of the Tenaru in the mini-series? The crew which ran about shoring up the weak spots in the Marine forward line? I've studied the Battle for over thirty years and never have read(after action reports), seen(National Archive-Greenbelt, Maryland photo. archive) heard(from veterans of the Battle, P.F.C. Wilbur Brewery U.S.M.C., Corporal Lee Diamond U.S.M.C.). These type of inaccuracies do terrible injustice to the men who served and died during The Solomons Campaign. What happened to the three man crew which accounted for over two-hundred enemy vanquished? The crew which all were awarded the nation's second highest decoration, The Navy Cross? The same crew which all suffered terrible wounds and the death of one of its members? Shame on you Mr. Hanks, there was enough drama in that single gun placement for an entire episode. Why dishonor the memory of the men who fought and died that early morning?

    William Rivers Freedman

  • Dr.Bogo

    Sorry Darrin but the first time the Japanese were defeated(on land) was the misnamed ” Battle of The Tenaru River” on August 21, 1942. It was the first time the tried and true Japanese tactic of human wave frontal assault didn't work against Allied forces. After three failed assaults the Japanese withdrew to their rallying area(Talv Point). The Japanese force of almost one thousand(914) men was reduced to a few survivors(128). Their commander burned the regimental colors and committed Seppuku. The action took place on a tidal inlet; The Ilu River. However, it was mismarked on the Marine maps as The Tenaru. Marines added to the confusion by referring to it as “alligator creek”(no alligators in the Solomons, only crocodiles. This Battle has still more historical significance in that the Japanese forces under then Major Ichiki were responsible for the “Marco Polo Bridge Incident”(7 July 1937). Which was used by Imperial Japan as an excuse for widening its war against China. Many historians mark this as the beginning of the “shooting war” of World War Two!

  • LLowman

    Dear Mr. Hanks,

    I am very disappointed with The Pacific. It was poorly done compared to Band of Brothers. Are the sex scenes there to fill up the time? Was there not enough story line? Was it really necessary? It just doesn’t grab you like Band of Brothers. A bit boring I might say.

  • Ameri

    Shame on some of you. Quit finding errors and judging the production. The true heroes – ALL the servicemen and women involved- deserve this honor. And thank Hanks for providing honor to the accomplishments of these people.