He wanted to make a splash.

Tom Hanks not at age 18.
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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 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."
Sources: Mashable