He wanted to make a splash.
Tom Hanks not at age 18.
A young Tom Hanks wrote an adorable and sincere letter to director George Roy Hill in which he asked for a break in Hollywood. Yes, before hungry young actors in Hollywood began sending emails with links to their YouTube reels, they had to send hand-written letters and hope for the best. He humbly acknowledges that he's not ripped or wildly handsome, but will work hard for any acting opportunity:
"Now, right away, I know what you are thinking ("who is this kid?"), and I can understand your apprehensions. I am a nobody...my looks are not stunning. I am not built like a Greek God, and I can't even grow a mustache, but I figure if people will pay to see certain films...they will pay to see me."
That is just the cutest thing ever. Before he was Saving Private Ryan and Sleepless in Seattle, he was just grinding it out in Los Angeles. We now love Tom Hanks even more. The greats really are in A League of Their Own.