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Hanks, but no Hanks: Actor turned down Jeff Bezos’ offer to ride Blue Origin rocket because of price tag

Tom Hanks has already been to house, type of, because the star of 1995’s “Apollo 13.” He wasn’t going to pay hundreds of thousands for the possibility to do it in actual life.

The favored actor mentioned he turned down an offer from Jeff Bezos to ride one of the Amazon founder’s Blue Origin rockets to house because it wasn’t going to be a free journey.

“Is it true that you just have been requested to go to house by Jeff Bezos earlier than William Shatner?” late-night host Jimmy Kimmel requested Hanks on his present Tuesday (on the 5:25 mark above).

“Effectively yeah, supplied I pay,” Hanks mentioned. “It prices like $28 million bucks or one thing like that. And I’m doing good, Jimmy. I’m doing good. But I ain’t paying [$28 million].”

Hanks was referencing the auction price paid for the primary flight on a Blue Origin spaceship. If you’d like to need to reserve a window seat lately, you’ve gotten to begin at this link — except you get a direct invite from Bezos.

Hanks mentioned the journey is straightforward sufficient to simulate with out leaving Earth.

“It’s a couple of 12-minute flight?” he requested. “We may all do it in our seats proper right here. Simply lean again like this …” he mentioned as he jerked in his seat like he was blasting off on a rocket. He then confirmed what it’s like to unbuckle and float round for a couple of minutes earlier than strapping again in and shaking for one more 4 minutes on the return to Earth.

“Even when it was free you wouldn’t try this,” Kimmel mentioned.

“I’d do it every now and then simply to expertise the enjoyment, of pretending I’m a billionaire,” Hanks mentioned.

Star Trek actor William Shatner did certainly take Bezos up on the offer to go to house and rode a New Shepard suborbital spaceship on Oct. 13, but his ride was free as an “honored guest.” The emotional 90-year-old advised Bezos upon return that “everyone on this planet wants to do that.”

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