Favourite movies of all time ; Philadelphia (1993) └ “This is the essence of discrimination: formulating opinions about others not based on their individual merits, but rather on their membership in a group with assumed characteristics.”
James Lipton: I’ve read a statistic that there were 53 gay men that appeared in various scenes in that movie. And within the next year – do you know the end of that statistic? Tom Hanks: There’s only a handful that are left. James: 43 died in the next year … and you must have known some of them very well. Tom: Well the camaraderie that exists on any film is something that becomes quite palpable within the window of the film itself. In the first transfusion scene I happened to be seated next to a guy who – he was really – he was way down the line. And I was just chatting to him one day about his family and – I mean he had lesions on his face that were quite visible and he weighed almost nothing – and I was asking about how he was living and what it was like and where he worked. And he worked at a noodle company. He worked in a factory and made noodles. He said they’d been the most wonderful group of people you can’t imagine. I said did you get to still work; he said I went to work every day. “Even when I was on my oxygen” he’d wheel in his tank of oxygen and go back to his same place. In a noodle factory. You end up having those kind of conversations with people that … it’s a hard movie for me to watch now, because I remember the guy from the noodle factory – he’s right there.