Tom Hanks Reveals Why He Turned Down Jeff Bezos’ Space Travel Offer

Billionaire Jeff Bezos offered top Hollywood actor Tom Hanks a trip to space on his Blue Origin rocket, but the actor declined.

According to Hanks, the offer came at a cost.

During an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, the highly brilliant actor stated that Bezos had urged him to join the space research group, but that he would have to pay.

“Well yeah, provided I pay,” Hanks said. “It costs like $28 million or something like that. And I’m doing good, Jimmy — I’m doing good — but I ain’t paying $28 million. You know what, we could simulate the experience of going to space right now.”

Hanks, who was promoting his new movie “Finch,” mimicked shaking in a rocket while in his chair, saying, “I don’t need to spend 28 million bucks to do that.”

Hanks also paid tribute to his late friend, actor Peter Scolari, whom he worked with on the sitcom “Bosom Buddies.” and recently died.

Kimmel played a clip from a 1981 episode of the show, with Hanks saying the two were so connected.

“Peter has a lovely family, his wife Tracy, absolutely great kids and we lost him to the emperor of all maladies. So thanks for letting us show that,” Hanks said.

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