cw: suicide, tasteless behavior, on my part as much as anybody else’s
I kid, that title “Tom Hanks Hate Crime” is sensationalized. I read a snippet about the steam tunnel kid whose disappearance inspired Mazes & Monsters and the D&D panic in general, and it mentioned that books about the subject came out before the guy was found alive. So I was picturing this comic scenario where a guy disappears from his college and assumes an identity to get away from it all, then sees Tom Hanks playing him at a local movie theater. It is to lol.
Unfortunately, the movie came out (on TV, not theaters) a year after he died. The young fella in question was maybe gay and very troubled. A failed suicide attempt precipitated his disappearance, a successful one ended his suffering in the sad way. So basically, Hanks was playing a fictionalized version of a real LGBT youth that committed suicide, tha homophobic bastid. Again, jk, Philadelphia etc etc. But it’s more ghoulish than funny, looking at the facts.