Did Tom Hanks sell his soul to The Devil in 1990?

Try this one of for size: in 1990, The Devil approached Steve Guttenberg and offered to take his soul in return for success beyond his wildest dreams. Steve refused the offer. The Devil then approached Tom Hanks. Tom accepted.

Preposterous, right? Or is it so plausible that I am about to blow your mind?

Prior to 1990 Tom Hanks and Steve Guttenberg were about on par with each other in terms of box office success and types of movie they were appearing in. They were both moderately successful and both appeared in light comedy films, with the odd film that could be taken more seriously. Up until 1990, Hanks appeared in films such as Splash, Bachelor Party, The Money Pit, Dragnet, Turner & Hooch, Joe vs the Volcano and Big while Guttenberg appeared in Police Academy 1-4, Cocoon and Three Men and a Baby. Sure, Police Academy 2-4 were no cinematic masterpieces but neither was Dragnet. Hanks' Big was a great film, but so was Guttenberg's Cocoon.

Roll-on 1990 and beyond. Hanks goes on to star in Sleepless in Seattle, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13 (ok, so this was just an OK flick), Toy Story, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, Cast Away, Road to Perdition and the soon to be released da Vinci Code. This list has omitted quite a few successful movies, but you get the idea.

So what has our good friend Steve done since 1990? Plenty. He has been in 20 movies - several made for TV - none of which you would have heard of. PS, Your Cat is Dead, Zeus and Roxanne, Airborne ... has anyone heard of these.

I can think of only one explanation: Bialzibub himself. El Diablo. Lucifer. Call him what you will. The Devil has intervened. And he has been doing so since 1990.

NOTE: I am an atheist bordering on agnostic, so please do not take my ramblings of soul selling seriously. These are just the thoughts of a man who has too many thoughts., , , , , , , , ,