On Tuesday Jimmy Kimmel Live!, actor Tom Hanks recalled his friend Peter Scolari, who recently died after a two-year battle with cancer. The two actors played opposite each other in the television series bosom friends. Hanks recalled meeting Scolari and immediately bonding.
“I don’t know how many people really change your life if you cross their path,” Hanks said. “We met, picked up the scripts and started messing around. I kind of thought, this is it. This is how this works. This is like a hand in a glove.”
Hanks later added, “We were molecularly connected in a way that we started speaking the same language.”
Hanks and Scolari were great on camera, but apparently they were a handful in rehearsal. Hanks shared a story about one of the directors yelling at them for constantly working on the script and ad-libbing rules. There was even an episode where Scolari offered to replace the director.
Hanks played one of his favorite clips from the series. When the rather long clip ended, the actor seemed to hold back some tears.
“Peter has a nice family,” Hanks said. “His wife Tracy has wonderful children and we have lost him to the emperor of all ills. So thank you for letting us show that.”
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on ABC.
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