Actor Tom Hanks Says he and his wife has Coronavirus Positive

The actor stated he and his wife, Rita Wilson, had examined constructive whereas in Australia, the place he was set to start manufacturing on a movie.

The actor Tom Hanks stated on Wednesday that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, have the coronavirus.

Mr. Hanks and Ms. Wilson, each 63, are in Australia, the place he was set to movie a film concerning the lifetime of Elvis Presley. “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” the Academy Award-winning actor stated in a press release. “Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers, too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”

He added that he and Ms. Wilson “will be tested, observed and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires.”

“Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?” Mr. Hanks stated in his assertion, which he additionally posted on Instagram accompanied by {a photograph} of a lone medical glove in a hazardous waste container. “We’ll keep the world posted and updated.”

Mr. Hanks is by far probably the most distinguished leisure determine to say he has the virus and, by going public with the knowledge, immediately turns into the face of an outbreak that has cascaded across the globe.

With the seriousness of the pandemic nonetheless being debated in some corners of the media, studying that Mr. Hanks, the star of movies like “Saving Private Ryan” and “Apollo 13,” has been stricken could make the state of affairs appear rather more tangible to some Americans. At nearly the identical time that Mr. Hanks launched his assertion, the N.B.A. introduced it was suspending its season. Hours earlier than, the N.C.A.A. stated its males’s and girls’s basketball tournaments can be performed with out spectators.

Ann Curry, a journalist and former host of NBC’s “Today,” said on Twitter: “Ok, now we all have someone we love diagnosed with #coronavirus.”

Other Hollywood stars instantly supplied their assist for the couple.

“Wishing two of the kindest, coolest, most talented people in the world ⁦⁦@tomhanks⁩ & @RitaWilson a swift recovery,” Mia Farrow said on Twitter.

In the film he was in Australia to movie, Mr. Hanks is enjoying the position of Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s eccentric supervisor, who groomed the well-known singer for stardom within the 1950s.

Production on the movie, which is being directed by Baz Luhrmann and doesn’t but have a title, is about to start on Monday. Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, has stated it spans “over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and the loss of innocence in America.”

Mr. Luhrmann, an Australian, wrote the script with Craig Pearce, with whom he additionally wrote “The Great Gatsby” and “Moulin Rouge!” Australia has had greater than 120 instances confirmed instances of coronavirus.

“The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world,” Warner stated in a press release.

Warner has been among the many Hollywood studios most affected by the coronavirus epidemic due to its massive tv manufacturing division, which makes greater than 80 reveals.

Also on Wednesday, Warner confirmed that it had suspended manufacturing of “Riverdale,” a teenage drama primarily based on Archie Comics characters that runs on the CW community, due to the coronavirus. “Riverdale” movies in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“We have and will continue to take precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world,” Warner stated in its “Riverdale” assertion.

In the United States, the variety of instances has surpassed 1,150, and warnings concerning the security of mass gatherings has begun to have tangible results within the leisure world. Daytime speak reveals like “The View” and “Live With Kelly and Ryan” filmed with out their standard studio audiences on Wednesday, and late-night reveals primarily based in New York, like “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” introduced that they’d go with out studio audiences beginning on Monday.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” a Warner manufacturing in Burbank, Calif., may even start taping and not using a studio viewers.

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