We thought we would end this very difficult year for Greece on a positive note and dedicate our final post to one of the world's favourite actors - the one and only, Tom Hanks!
Tom Hanks is one of those people who doesn't really need any introduction - you've probably seen at least ONE of his movies and you can read all about him in any celebrity or movie magazine. Not just a famous Hollywood actor and producer, over and above all that, for us, Tom is a philhellene and a Global Greek in every sense of the word.
What you may not know is that Tom is married to Global Greek actress and producer Rita Wilson , although how you could avoid knowing this particular fact if you have even a drop of Greek blood in you, beats us... his love for Greece is well-known and documented and his holiday home in Antiparos have made him and Rita as local as the locals. He and Rita are regulars in the audience at the Ancient Epidaurus Theatre each summer, and they got a guided tour of the New Acropolis Museum in the Summer of 2009 by the Minister of Culture, just after it opened to the public.
In fact, we happened to see him at Epidaurus last year enjoying Dame Helen Mirren's performance of Racine's Phedre.
Tom is very much part of the Los Angeles Greek Community and is very forthcoming in his support of Greek issues every opportunity he gets.
The Rebuilding of St Nicholas at Ground Zero is one of these issues and we were very pleased to hear him add his voice to those asking for the church to be rebuilt.
More recently, he spoke to Hollywood Greek Reporter, Anastasios Papapostolou, at the premiere of the mini series "The Pacific".
He talked about his new movie with Nia Vardalos and said a couple of things about being Greek which we particularly loved and think are worth noting and sharing too!
I think every Greek I've met is a spokesman for the Greek Ministry of Tourism (GGW note: so true!)
on being asked by HGR whether he had been approached to be spokesman for Greece's Ministry of Tourism...
It's joyful to be married to a Greek. Come on, it's fantastic!
on being asked if it is hard to be married to a Greek...
I feel 110% Greek being married to a Greek. I'm more Greek than a Greek because I had the good sense to marry a Greek! Some Greeks marry non-Greeks...can you believe that?
on being asked how Greek he feels...
Watch the interview with Anastasios Papapostolou, Hollywood Greek Reporter - you'll enjoy it!
Thank you for your support Tom - We're really glad you feel 110% Greek!
Funnily enough, that's how we feel about you too, and feel great knowing you are one of our Global Greeks, not just in name but in deed!
Kali Xronia! Happy New Year!
Let's hope that 2011 will be the Year of Greece and its turnaround - in every way!