‘My bones felt like they were made of crackers’: Tom Hanks describes his coronavirus symptoms as he insists wearing a mask ‘is literally the least people can do’
Tom Hanks has revealed he had ‘bone crushing fatigue’ during his battle with COVID-19 in March.
Appearing virtually on The Late Show Tuesday night to promote his new film, the actor, 64, explained to host Stephen Colbert that he and his wife Rita Wilson had ‘very different’ symptoms after they contacted the virus during a trip to Australia,.
The two stars were hospitalised after coming down with symptoms while taking a trip to Sydney during a filming break from Tom’s role in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis movie.
Symptoms: Tom Hanks has revealed he had ‘bone crushing fatigue’ during his battle with COVID-19 in March, explaining how his bones ‘felt like crackers’
Colbert asked Tom if the couple had worked out where they may have contracted COVID-19, but the actor admitted: ‘We had no idea how it could have happened, where it could have happened.’
He explained he began to feel ‘punky’ after returning to the movie location from a trip to Sydney, where Rita had performed at the Royal Opera House, while his wife was also ‘feeling bad’ with a headache.
Tom noted that the two had very different symptoms — Rita had a high fever, headaches and lost her sense of smell and taste while he felt extreme fatigue.
Explaining it took him eight or nine days to recover, Tom said during that time his bones ‘felt like they were made of soda crackers.’
Ill: Tom and his wife Rita Wilson made the news earlier this year as two of the first celebrities to come down with COVID-19, with Tom explaining he has still no idea where they contracted the virus
‘Bone crushing fatigue’: Appearing virtually on The Late Show Tuesday night, the actor, 64, explained to host Stephen Colbert that he and Rita had ‘very different’ symptoms
‘Everytime I moved around I felt like something was cracking inside me,’ he said, adding that he had ‘bone crushing fatigue’.
He said that after he and Rita were diagnosed they were hospitalised before they were allowed to quarantine together in a rented house.
Now that he has recovered, the actor cautioned he has no idea if he is immune or if he can contract the virus again.
Wear a mask: Hanks, who was seen wearing a face covering while out with Rita in LA on June 7, is adamant that wearing a face covering is literally the least one can do
‘No one really knows what the x factor is,’ said the actor, adding that he has donated plasma for those who need it.
Asked how he feels when he sees people not wearing masks, Tom was adamant that wearing a face covering is ‘literally the least you can do’, explaining that he wears a cloth bandanna, washes his hands and tries to stay six feet away from other people.
Tom is currently promoting his new movie Greyhound, for which he also penned the screenplay.
The film had been due for release in movie theatres in May but was pushed back to June 12 due to the coronavirus.
However, with movie theatres still shuttered in the main across the country, Apple purchased the film for streaming release on its premium subscription service.
The World War II story stars Hanks as a U.S. Navy Captain who is given command of a destroyer code-named Greyhound in his first wartime assignment.
Despite his inexperience, he finds himself in charge of an allied convoy that’s being stalked by Nazi U-Boats.
Working hard: The star is currently promoting his new movie Greyhound, for which he also penned the screenplay