Tom Hanks says he has written his first novel as a “release from the never-ending pressure” of making movies.
The two-time Oscar winner is publishing The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece, inspired by his own screen career.
The long grind of shooting a film, he tells the BBC, means you can “just run out of curiosity for the job”.
“Sometimes you just have to have some other reason to spark your imagination,” he explains.
Hanks, 66, says he has “always” written “in some form or another”. His collection of short stories, Uncommon Type, was published in 2017 and has sold more than 234,000 copies in the UK.
He began writing the 448-page novel the following year. “I wrote in between films, I wrote wherever I was, I wrote on planes, I wrote at home, I wrote on vacation, I wrote in hotel rooms, I wrote on long weekends when I wasn’t working,” he says.