Just after Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were confirmed to have Coronavirus, their son Chet Hanks responded in a video to his fans.
The 29-year-old rapper took to Instagram on Wednesday to record a video, which began with, ‘What’s up everyone? Yeah, it’s true, my parents got Coronavirus. It’s crazy.’
He added they were in Australia, where his father was shooting a movie, an untitled biopic about Elvis Presley, where Hanks was playing Colonel Tom Parker.
‘I just got off the phone with them. They both are fine,’ Hanks added. ‘They’re not even that sick. They’re not worried about it.’
He added that his parents, ‘aren’t trippin’ but they’re going through the necessary health precautions, obviously.’
‘I don’t think it’s anything to be too worried about,’ he added. ‘I appreciate everyone’s concern and the well-wishes, but I think everything’s gonna be all right.’
‘But, I appreciate it and everybody just stay safe out there. Much love,’ Chet concluded.
Another one of Tom and Rita’s children, Colin Hanks, responded to the news on Instagram with a heartfelt statement.
‘We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from everyone,’ Colin began. ‘My parents are receiving excellent care in Australia and are doing well (and in good spirits) given the circumstances.
‘Despite the fact that I’m in LA and haven’t seen them in over three weeks, we have been in constant contact and am confident that they will make a full recovery.
Tom himself broke the news with a statement on his Instagram, along with a photo of a discarded latex glove in a wastebasket.
‘Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,’ Tom said on Instagram.
‘Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires,’ he added.
‘Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!’ the actor concluded.
Hanks has been filming the untitled Elvis Presley biopic since late January in Australia, the home country of director Baz Luhrmann.
Austin Butler stars as Elvis, while Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rufus Sewell play the King’s parents, Vernon and Gladys Presley.
There is no word yet how Hanks’ diagnosis will affect production on the biopic, which is slated for release on October 1, 2021.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Brian Gallagher