Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were two of the first celebrities to test positive for the coronavirus. News broke earlier this week that the couple had left the hospital in Australia, and are now recovering at home under quarantine.
Since their diagnosis, Hanks has been remarkably forthcoming about their progress, and has also taken time to thank the healthcare workers who are treating them. Now, Hanks’s sister is suggesting that everything is not as rosy as it may appear.
“I have communicated with my brother. He’s not great, but still okay. [Am I] shocked? No. He’s an actor, not a god [but] medical care in Australia is good,” Sandra Hanks Benoiton said in an interview with Mail Online.
Sandra moved to Italy in 2016 with her family, and is currently on lockdown in one of the hardest hit countries in the world. In the days since their diagnosis, fans across social media have rallied behind Hanks and Wilson during their recovery.
In his initial post announcing the positive diagnosis, Hanks explained why he decided to get tested. “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” Hanks said. “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.”
The couple were quarantined in the hospital for treatment from last Wednesday through Monday of this week.
Hanks and Wilson were in Australia because Hanks is preparing to shoot an Elvis Presley biopic in which he’ll play Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The movie is set to be directed by Baz Luhrmann.
In recent years, Hanks has come to be known as a Hollywood everyman who is hard to dislike. Even outside of his career as a movie star and Oscar-winning actor, his fundamental decency has made him one of the most beloved famous people on the planet.
Hanks’s sister provides a stark reminder that, even though there are millions around the world who idolize Hanks, he’s only human. He still struggles to get through illnesses, just like everyone else, even as he seeks to calm the rest of the world by suggesting that everything will be okay in the end.
His social posts may have been an enormous comfort to people concerned about the spread of the virus, but they may not be the whole story of how Hanks has struggled with it.