Tom Hanks Talks About Pope Francis and Officiating Allison Williams’ Wedding

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Tom Hanks has certainly been a busy man lately!

In a new interview with Extra the actor sat down to talk about getting caught up in the visit of Pope Francis, officiating Allison Williams and Ricky Van Veen’s wedding, and also gave an update on his wife Rita Wilson.

“Dude, I’ve had a virus for seven days. I don’t recommend it,” he began, joking about getting Pope Fever [literally], “I’m trying to come up with a name for it. And I don’t think the papal virus. I don’t think I should say that.”

Hanks was in New York City promoting his new film Bridge of Spies at the same time Pope Francis was in town as part of his tour of the United States and Cuba.

“I’m staying not too far from where he is. In the lobby of the building I’m staying at, there were cops laying everywhere with their feet up on the furniture,” Hanks said.

When asked if the cops were there for him, the actor joked, “It was either me or Rihanna, ’cause she sang in the park the next day. And I wonder if she and the Pope were staying together. They should’ve invited us over.”

Despite being in the same place at the same time, Hanks says he didn’t get the chance to meet the pontiff.

“He heard I was sick. But don’t you think he could’ve cured me? He’s the Pope, for cryin’ out loud.”

Hanks also opened up about officiating Allison Williams’ wedding last Saturday. “Well, here’s what I did – I studied the ministry for over $35. And if you want to call me the Right Reverend Tom Hanks, I think you should.”

And if you want Hanks to officiate your marriage, it’s not out of the question. “I’m for rent. If you can afford the honorarium, I’ll be there for ya.”

Speaking on the health of his wife, Rita Wilson, Hanks added, “Her health is fantastic. She took on not only the crisis, but also the issues of women’s cancers in a way that I thought was extremely brave and beautiful. I’m glad we’re not in high school, because I wouldn’t have the courage to talk to her in the hallway.”

“I’m a lucky man,”Hanks he said, before offering his advice on how to maintain a happy marriage: “Don’t be stupid. I think that anybody that gets married is partaking in an act of bravery.”

Bridges of Spies hits theaters Oct. 16.

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