Not only were they two of the first celebrities to contract COVID-19, but now it appears as though Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson will be two of the first to help cure the disease, as they have donated their blood to help efforts to find a vaccine for the virus.
The pair were struck down last month while Hanks was filming an Elvis biopic in in Australia. After spending two weeks in self isolation, they eventually returned to Los Angeles and are now doing all they can to ensure the global pandemic is over sooner, rather than later.
During an interview with NPR, the two time Academy Award winner broke the news, explaining that he and Wilson had antibody tests that gave positive results, meaning antibodies were present in their bodies from previously suffering with the virus and could be used to help develop a potentially successful vaccine.
“We have not only been approached; we have said, ‘Do you want our blood? Can we give plasma?’ And, in fact, we will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the Hank-ccine.”
NPR host Peter Sagal responded: “There could be no better ending to this international catastrophe than if the cure turns out to be the blood of Tom Hanks.”
Seriously, if this ends up working and curing Coronavirus, there better be a film called ‘Hank-ccine’ made immediately afterwards. With Hanks and Wilson playing every single between them.