Bar staff refused to serve Tom Hanks at music festival

Greer McNally
Tom Hanks during the filming for the Graham Norton Show. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)

Everyone reaches a time in their life when they think they will no longer get ID-ed. For most of us, it’s when we hit our mid to late thirties. For celebs it’s usually just when you know, they are famous.

So Tom Hanks found himself in a strange position at a music festival recently. The 62-year-old couldn’t get served a beer even though the bar staff knew who he was (it’s hard to miss the Hanks after all).

The Oscar-winning actor recounted the events to Graham Norton on his show this week, before talking about Toy Story 4.

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“They have beer pavilions everywhere and I decided to go get myself a frosty cold one. So, I went and said hi – giving them a couple of seconds to let the H bomb drop. Then asked can I have a draft please.”

The answer was definitely not what Hanks was expecting – “can we see your ID bracelet?”

He then discovered that they couldn’t sell him a beer without an id band sir, which was only available from half a mile across the festival.

Actor Tom Hanks at the London premiere after-party for 'That Thing You Do!', 9th January 1997. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)

“I said look - not only am who you think I am, but I am also 62 goddamn-years-old.”

Hanks was at the Stagecoach festival to support his wife Rita Wilson. The actress/producer has added musician to her multi-talented bow and has been touring. He explained that she was about to go on when he thought he had time to pop to the bar for a drink.

Hanks was sporting a rather fetching beard, but was definitely still recognisable at the event. In fact the bar staff called him by his name.

“‘I’m so sorry,’ they told me ‘but if I give you a beer then I’m just going to get fired.”

Little did the bar staff at the Stagecoach festival know that they were not only refusing film-star actor Tom Hanks a beer, they were also refusing a man celebrating his 31st wedding anniversary.

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Wilson posted a loving tribute to her husband on Twitter while at the festival, explaining, “In any long term relationship, if you’re lucky, you started with a spark.”

Hanks is in town for the European premiere of Toy Story 4.