Simply wonderful! As What you do! Released in October 1996, fans haven’t been able to get enough of the film, or its fictional boy band.
Protagonist tom everett scott, Ethan Embry, Steve Zahn, liv tyler Y Charlize TheronThe film follows a Pennsylvania group originally called the Oneders (pronounced “wonders”) as they become an overnight success thanks to their hit song, also called “That Thing You Do!”
Tom Hanksfresh off his back-to-back Oscars for Forrest Gump Y Philadelphia, made his directorial debut with the film, which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. Although he had not yet done much work behind the camera, his on-screen reputation was so great that he occasionally had to placate extras and viewers with impressions of his most famous personalities.
“If someone wanted me to make a list of all the versions of shrimp I could cook Forrest Gumphe would,” Scott said. Rolling Stone in April 2020. “He would play along. He knew that the fans love those things.”
Before filming began, Hanks had the band: Scott, Embry, Zahn, and Johnathon Schaech — Participate in a rock music training camp to make your interpretation of the musicians more realistic.
“[Producer] Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks wanted us to be at the point where we could play everything that was required of the movie so they didn’t have to worry about us, they could just shoot the movie,” Zahn said. entertainment tonight in September 2021. “Ethan was, is, a great bass player. We had personal teachers, we rehearsed as a band for hours and hours and hours, days and days and days without even looking at the script. And that was what was important to those guys.”
Hanks, who also wrote the screenplay for the film, began work on the script while he was still shooting. Forrest Gumpwhich premiered in July 1994.
“I wanted to carry something in my head completely empty of anything about the Oscar run or the box office, and so while I was flying around the world doing all that press, I started working,” he said. Stain said the actor the ringer in October 2021. “At the time I had done quite a bit of work with Nora Ephron and would always send Nora any ideas. ‘Does this make sense to you?’ She was extremely helpful and pulled no punches.”
The Tony nominee also snuck in some Easter eggs for superfans. Peter Scolariwho acted with him on the 1980s sitcom soul friendsappeared as Troy Chesterfield, the host of Hollywood TV Showcaseand his wife, Rita Wilsonshe made a cameo appearance as a waitress in a jazz club.
Keep scrolling to find out what the What you do! The cast has been doing it since the movie was released.