Tom Hanks suffers a rollercoaster of emotions as he puts on an animated display while watching Aston Villa lose out 2-4 to Arsenal
Tom Hanks had a rollercoaster ride watching Aston Villa take on Arsenal at Villa Park on Thursday, with the latter taking the win as the game ended on 2-4 result.
The Hollywood actor, and vocal Aston Villa supporter, 66, was left devastated with the Premier League game result as he looked on from the Directors’ Box.
Sporting a navy quarter-zip over a white shirt and burgundy tie, it appears to be the first time that the Forrest Gump star has visited the stadium.
And happy to be in attendance, he was spotted waving to fans before taking his seat for the kickoff.
It was a positive start too, as Tom leaped to his feet with joy while player Ollie Watkins stunned with a goal in just the fifth minute.
Animated: Tom Hanks suffered a rollercoaster of emotions on Saturday as he put on an animated display while watching Aston Villa lose out 2-4 to Arsenal
Not the result: The Hollywood actor, and vocal Aston Villa supporter, was left devastated with the Premier League game loss for Aston Villa as he looked on from the Directors’ Box
Overjoyed, the actor clapped and beamed out to the pitch with glee as the score was made.
Things evened out when Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka scored in the 16th minute, taking the score to 1-1.
Aston Villa came back with a score in the 31st minute, but were let down when Arsenal went on to bag three more at the tail end of the nail-biting game.
Tom couldn’t hide his emotions as he hoped for the win in the first half, before suffering the loss later on.
Holding one arm up to wave, he even got his phone out to film and take snaps of the game as he watched first hand.
Ahead of the game, the actor spent some time with the players as he headed into the changing rooms – with the team tweeting out: ‘It’s a pleasure to have you with us at Villa Park @tomhanks’.
California-born Tom has expressed his love for Birmingham team Aston Villa for a number of years, with his connection to the club thought to have began in 2008.
During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show in 2015, the star revealed his reasoning behind choosing the team – admitting that it was quite random.
Hello from up here! He was spotted waving to onlooking fans while wathcing the game
Almost: Tom couldn’t hide his emotions as he hoped for the win in the first half, before suffering the loss later on
‘It came to pass because the very first time I came to London, the football scores were on in the morning and it was all these cities I didn’t quite understand.
‘Where is Stoke? Where is Blacksworth? Where is Slough? I didn’t know,’ he explained.
Continuing: ‘And then along came the score…Aston Villa. I said, Aston Villa: what a beautiful sounding vacation paradise. I’ll lay in the sun, bring me a piña colada. I’ll spend two weeks in Aston Villa.
While host Graham made note that the Birmingham location had little In common with Tom’s image of it, he responded: ‘Now I know (what it’s really like) and I’m still with them’.
Ensemble: Tom looked smart as he was dressed in a pair of black skinny jeans and a white shirt with a burgundy tie, adding a navy quarter-zip on top