Tom Hanks has sent a typewriter to a young Australian boy named Corona after he revealed he had been bullied over his moniker.
The Castaway actor wrote a kind note to eight-year-old Corona De Vries after the young Australian sent him a letter when he and wife Rita Wilson fell ill with coronavirus last month.
In his letter, Corona wrote: “I heard on the news you and your wife had caught the coronavirus. Are you OK?
“I love my name but at school people call me ‘the coronavirus.’ I get very sad and angry when people call me this.”
The 63-year-old star spent several weeks in quarantine in the eastern states with his wife Rita after he contracted the deadly virus.
In a letter replying to his new friend, he included a Corona-brand typewriter, which he’d used while recovering Down Under.
“Dear Friend Corona, Your letter made my wife and I feel so wonderful! Thank you for being such a good friend — friends make friends feel good when they are down,” he said.
“You are the only person I’ve ever known to have the name Corona — like the ring around the sun, a crown.
“I saw you on TV, even though I was back in the USA already – and all healthy.
“Even though I was no longer sick, getting your letter made me feel even better.
“I thought this typewriter would suit you. I had taken it to the Gold Coast, and now, it is back – with you.”
Hanks, who famously has a huge collection of typewriters, urged Corona to continue their correspondence with the device.
“Ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back,” he said.
And the actor ended the letter with a reference to the theme to his movie ‘Toy Story’.
“PS! You got a friend in ME!” he wrote.