Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson appear as part of “Dear Class of 2020” video on YouTube. The Oscar winner was wearing a UNM Lobos pullover. (Screen grab via YouTube)It seems New Mexico made an impact on Tom Hanks.
Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, appeared in YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” video this weekend.
The Oscar winner was giving words of advice to this year’s graduates – all while wearing a University of New Mexico Lobos pullover. The shirt read “New Mexico 1889 Lobos.”
Hanks appeared in the four-hour video alongside former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, as well as Alicia Keys, The Simpsons, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Eugene Levy, Lady Gaga, Lizzo and Justin Timberlake, among many others.
Hanks said “who is better prepared for this than you, the class of 2020.”
“You’re leading the way into the next chapter of the life of your community and your town and country and the entire world.”
Wilson said, “We need you to make the world a better place. Our country a better union.”
Hanks was in New Mexico for two projects in 2019. The first was “Bios,” which was filmed in the Four Corners area, and he returned for his role in “News of the World,” which was filmed around Santa Fe.
Hanks also served as co-producer.
At the time of the announcement of “News of the World,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the state film industry continued to draw sizable A-list productions, and that’s incredibly good news for the state’s economy and workers.
“I look forward to its sustainable expansion and more productions taking root in all parts of the state,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement.
Hanks and Lujan Grisham posed for a photo with Hanks wearing a T-shirt with “New Mexico” in red.
Both of Hanks’ films are slated for release later this year.