Bill Murray is more than a celebrity. He's a unicorn, wandering the wild, only to be spotted momentarily by us mortals, leaving behind memories we'll cherish for a lifetime.
He'll attend random parties at colleges, he'll show up to SXSW showcases with his drink in his breast pocket, he'll steal fries from your plate and whisper, "no one will ever believe you." He's a celebrity of the people – both majestic and strange. Is there room for another like him, filled with real-world quirks and regular-guy behaviour?
If there is, Tom Hanks might be the man to transcend the average celebrity. He's certainly making progress.
On Tuesday, whilst casually doing whatever it is Tom Hanks does while promoting a new movie (his latest is Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies), Tom Hanks found the school ID of a Fordham University student named Lauren.
Lauren! I found your Student ID in the park. If you still need it my office will get to you. Hanx. pic.twitter.com/Ee9kK4V4qf
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) October 6, 2015
As of about 3:30 p.m., the owner hadn't claimed her ID, but that didn't stop Twitter from working on tracking her down. One girl posted a photo of herself and Lauren from the ID, saying she knew her. Others simply praised Hanks for being a normal dude.
Now, consider Tom Hanks' behaviour last week. He casually used his verified Reddit account to offer unsolicited answers to questions nobody asked him. He'd pop into threads, add in his two cents, like "Godzilla is angry. Not at me," and vanish on his own whim. He mostly complained about reality TV.
Earlier this year, people had a sort of part-confused part-delighted reaction to Hanks' appearance in Carly Rae Jepsen's "I Really Like You" video. It's a role that he got after a night of drinking with some of he and Jepsen's mutual friends.
Sounds like a Bill Murray move. No, it is a Bill Murray move.
What's next? A Tom Hanks photobomb? Oh, wait.
— Martin Karl (@tallguyrunning) May 9, 2015
This article was originally published on Esquire.com