Tom Hanks believes the effort to stop the spread of coronavirus needs to involve the type of collective spirit similar to the one shared by Americans during World War II.
"The idea of doing one's part, though, should be so simple — wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands," Hanks said on TODAY Tuesday in his first live television interview since he and wife Rita Wilson recovered from coronavirus.
"That alone means you are contributing to the betterment of your house, your work, your town, your society as a whole, and it's such a small thing. It's a mystery to me how somehow that has been wiped out of what should be ingrained in the behavior of us all."
Hanks has a new World War II movie on Apple TV+, "Greyhound," that will be released on Friday. He referenced the unified effort during that time in America to the type of mindset we need now to fight the coronavirus.
"What has lingered here is this societal question really of doing our part," Hanks said. "Not everything I say has to be tied to somehow the war effort back during World War II, but there was a sensibility that permeated all of society, which was do your part, we're all in this together."