Tom Hanks quickly jumped into action and yelled at a group of fans to “back the f–k off” from wife Rita Wilson after she was nearly knocked over while leaving dinner at Nobu Wednesday night in New York City.
Hanks appeared stunned. “Knocking over my wife?” he asked as he stood looking visibly annoyed.
Hanks, 65, followed Wilson out of the trendy sushi spot with a few security guards leading the way to their vehicle, and a group quickly surrounded the couple, at some point causing Rita to nearly lose her footing.
The Forrest Gump star immediately made space for his wife by holding out his arms so that the autograph seekers would take a few steps back.
One bystander attempted to help Hanks keep his cool while Wilson made her way to the vehicle.
“These people are relentless. Sorry about that, Tom,” the bystander said.
Hanks and Wilson are Greek citizens
Tom and Rita have been married for 34 years and first met while working together on the 1981 sitcom Bosom Buddies.
They have two sons together, Chet and Truman. Hanks has two children from his first marriage, son Colin and daughter Elizabeth.
Hanks, who stars in the upcoming Elvis, and Rita Wilson officially became Greek citizens in 2019.
After being married to a Greek woman for so long, Hanks has in some ways become Greek himself. Not only does the A-list actor retain a residence in Antiparos; he was recently granted Greek citizenship, as well. Hanks is also an active member of the Greek Orthodox church and community.
The pair brought massive media attention and resources to help with the devastating wildfires of July 2018. The most tragic fire killed 102 people in the seaside town of Mati northeast of Athens.
In fact, Hanks frequently talks about his love for Greece and the Greek people publicly. In 2020 he told Greek Reporter that “Greece is a haven.” He added, “I have been to the most beautiful places in the world, none of them tops Greece; the sky, the water, it’s good for the soul.”