‘Corona, you got a friend in me’: Tom Hanks writes to bullied eight-year-old

Actor gives Corona typewriter to boy who sent good wishes to recovered actor and his wife

Corona De Vries wrote to Tom Hanks after the actor and his wife, Rita Wilson, contracted Covid-19. Photograph: Valérie Macon/AFP via Getty

Corona De Vries wrote to Tom Hanks after the actor and his wife, Rita Wilson, contracted Covid-19. Photograph: Valérie Macon/AFP via Getty

 

Tom Hanks has sent a letter and a Corona-brand typewriter to an Australian boy who wrote to him about being bullied over his name, Corona.

Corona De Vries, an eight-year-old from the Gold Coast in Queensland state, wrote to the Hollywood star after he and his wife, Rita Wilson, had spent more than two weeks in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 in the Australian beach resort.

The boy had written to Hanks saying: “I heard on the news you and your wife had caught the coronavirus,” Channel 7 News reported. “Are you OK?” He said he loved his name but people at school called him the coronavirus, which made him “sad and angry”.

“Your letter made my wife and I feel so wonderful!” Hanks replied in a letter typed on a Corona typewriter that he had taken to the Gold Coast. “You know, you are the only person I’ve ever known to have the name Corona – like the ring around the sun, a crown,” the double Oscar winner wrote to the boy.

“I thought this typewriter would suit you,” he wrote. “Ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back.”

Hanks handwrote at the end: “PS You got a friend in ME!”– Reuters