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Tom Hanks Reveals He Once Was Almost Naked In Front Of The Mona Lisa

Tom Hanks revealed that while filming 'The DaVinci Code' somehow he ended up nearly naked in front of Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa

By Ingrid Mateos

- June 13 , 2022 - 16:55 hs
Tom Hanks, The DaVinci Code

Tom Hanks, The DaVinci Code (AP, Sony Pictures)

Many wild theories have been said about Tom Hanks over the years, but this time the legendary actor has revealed that he did something not many can say have done: he was nearly naked in front of the Mona Lisa. This astonishing revelation was made in a recent interview with The New York Times.

For those who are unversed, a couple of years ago, more specifically back in 2006 Tom Hanks starred in the mystery film 'The Da Vinci Code' directed by Ron Howard and based on the novel of the same name written by the acclaimed author Dan Brown. Alongside Hanks, the cast was superb with actors such as  Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, Jean Reno, and Paul Bettany.

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The story followed Robert Langdon, played by Tom Hanks, searching for the Holy Grail and unveiling secret codes in Leonardo Da Vinci's most famous painting, the Mona Lisa.

The story about Tom Hanks being nearly naked in front of the Mona Lisa came to happen during the actor's birthday. According to the actor, they were filming at night in the Louvre and he was going to celebrate. "Let me tell you something else about The Da Vinci Code. It was my 40th-something birthday. We were shooting in the Louvre at night. I changed my pants in front of the Mona Lisa!" said Hanks.

"They brought me a birthday cake in the Grand Salon! Who gets to have that experience? Any cynicism there? Hell no!"

The Da Vinci Code went on to become a high success despite the criticism received by the Catholic church. In fact, about the movies, Tom Hanks revealed in the interview that the sequels were ”hooey”.

"Oh, God, that was a commercial enterprise," said Hanks. "Yeah, those Robert Langdon sequels are hooey. The Da Vinci Code was hooey. I mean, Dan Brown, God bless him, says, 'Here is a sculpture in a place in Paris! No, it's way over there. See how a cross is formed on a map? Well, it's sort of a cross.' Those are delightful scavenger hunts that are about as accurate to history as the James Bond movies are to espionage. But they're as cynical as a crossword puzzle."

"All we were doing is promising a diversion. There's nothing wrong with good commerce, provided it is good commerce," he continued. "By the time we made the third one, we proved that it wasn't such good commerce."

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Ingrid Mateos

I am an Entertainment news writer at Show News Today. I love all about movies, royalty, and pop culture but also enjoy writing about the latest celebrity gossip. I have a B.A in E.L.T and a diploma in Tourism Studies. When not working with words, you can probabaly find me watching BBC'S Sherlock for the umpteempth time or an old movie.

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