Tom Hanks first Hollywood star to get coronavirus


The news that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were the first famous Americans to become infected with the coronavirus was just as shocking to their celebrity friends as it was to the rest of us.

But those in Hollywood are letting the sick stars know that they’re in their thoughts — and some are using a bit of humor, too.

“DAMN YOU TOM!!! ” actor Marlon Wayans wrote on Hanks’ Instagram. “You always gotta be first. First Emmy winner, first Oscar winner, first Hollywood Coronavirus. That one was mine damn it! Curses 🤬 😂”

Hanks and Wilson are currently on Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland where he is shooting a movie with director Baz Luhrmann about the life of Elvis Presley. (It is not clear whether they contracted the virus in Australia or before they left the US.)

Hanks announced on social media on Thursday local time that the couple had been feeling unwell — “we felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” he wrote, adding that they were also experiencing some slight fevers — so they had taken themselves to get tested for the coronavirus, despite thinking it was probably just a cold.

Luckily for the pair, they were in Australia and not the US, because the Australian government has made the tests free and widely available.

Hanks said he and his wife will follow medical protocols and be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as is required. “Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?” he wrote.