After early success playing man-child characters, Tom Hanks wanted to move into more serious roles. But his first attempt was a complete and utter failure. Instead of rushing back to what had previously worked, Hanks took time to discover his true values as an actor and then only took roles that were aligned with them. He immediately found success and in the process became America’s most beloved actor.
After completely bombing his first serious role, Tom Hanks had to find a way to bounce back.