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Tom Hanks Apparently Did a Really Nice Thing for Cabbie

Taxi driver tells story to 'Humans of New York'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2014 10:59 AM CDT
Tom Hanks Apparently Did a Really Nice Thing for Cabbie
This theater image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Tom Hanks as tabloid columnist Mike McAlary during a performance of "Lucky Guy," playing at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York.   (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)

(Newser) – The gossip media is abuzz with a nice story for once, thanks to Humans of New York. The website offered a story yesterday from a New York taxi driver, who recalled a time he initially declined to take a passenger because he needed to go too far and the driver's shift had just ended. But he changed his mind and called the guy back; when he got in, he was "all animated, and he's talking about all these things. But he's got his cap pulled down way over his eyes, so I can't see who it is. But pretty soon I start to recognize his voice." It was Tom Hanks, and at a red light, the driver turned to him and yelled, "WILSON!" Cast Away-style.

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Hanks liked that, the driver says, and started calling the cabbie "Mr. Ferrari" because he was wearing a Ferrari hat and shirt. They took a photo together, and over the next few weeks, the driver happened to pick up other passengers who knew Hanks. He told each of them, "Tell Mr. Hanks that Mr. Ferrari says 'hello,'" the cabbie says. One of the passengers eventually texted the driver to let him know Hanks had invited him to see him in Lucky Guy on Broadway. The driver and his date even got to go backstage, and when Hanks walked into his dressing room to see them there, he screamed, "Mr. Ferrari!" (For more fun, click to watch Tom Hanks dancing to "This Is How We Do It.")

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