Did Tom Hanks really ring a person's doorbell in Los Angles and then offer to buy their house in cash? That's the claim in one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop looked into the situation and we've learned the truth.
A headline in the latest issue of the National Enquirer reads, "Ding Dong! It's Tom Hanks Calling!" The accompanying article, which was later posted by RadarOnline, says the actor showed up at the doorstep of a home in Santa Monica and told the owner he wanted to buy the place for his son. An alleged insider tells the magazine, "It seems Tom made a lucrative offer the homeowner just couldn't refuse. They made an all-cash, quickie handshake deal to buy it on the spot."
The magazine further contends that Hanks purchased the house as a "graduation present" for his 22-year-old son Truman, who graduated from Stanford University this year. The Stanford commencement ceremony took place back in June, but the tabloid doesn't bother to explain why the actor waited five months to give his son a "graduation present."
Regardless, the magazine's story is based on claims from an anonymous and seemingly made-up "source," but Gossip Cop checked in with Hanks' rep, who tells us on the record that it's untrue. It's worth noting, Hollywood trade publications and real estate outlets typically report the news of a big star purchasing a new home in Los Angeles. There's not a single other outlet in the world claiming that the actor picked up a new property, let alone did so in person with cash.
Unfortunately, the Enquirer is hardly reliable when it comes to accurately reporting about the movie star. Gossip Cop busted the tabloid in June for falsely claiming that Hanks would be walking Meg Ryan down the aisle at her "wedding" in South Carolina. Of course, the actress hasn't gotten married. In fact, Ryan only announced her engagement to John Mellencamp last week.
Shortly before that, Gossip Cop called out the magazine for making up an absurd story about Hanks wearing a fake prosthetic nose. And prior to that nonsense, the outlet alleged that Hanks was feuding with Meryl Streep and excluded her from a party he threw for the cast of their movie The Post. The tabloid's various articles about the actor have more in common with fan fiction than they do with journalism. This latest one is another example.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.