During an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America, the Oscar-winning actor let loose a profane gaffe when asked to speak in an accent from one of his characters in the forthcoming Cloud Atlas.
“Most of it is swear words,” he had explained prior to the incident. Then the actor went into the accent, saying, “I want people to buy me a f***ing …” and stopped himself immediately, covering his mouth with his hands.
Anchor Elizabeth Vargas was also shocked, covering her mouth and apologizing to the audience, “We are so sorry … at Good Morning America.”
Despite immediate apologies from Hanks and Vargas, the Parents Television Council (PTC) is calling the morning show out for allowing the swear to go through on the broadcast unedited.
“Man oh man. I’m sorry. I slipped into a brand of acting,” Hanks, 56, apologized. “I have never done that before. I want to apologize to the kids in America that are watching this right now, and let me say next time on the show there will be a seven-second delay.”
Hanks, 56, went on to joke that he should never be given a hand held mike. “I blame the staff,” he laughed. “I blame the staff.”
PTC Director of Public Policy Dan Isett wasted no time in expressing his displeasure with Good Morning America. “Once again, a morning news show has allowed the harshest profanity to be broadcast into every living room and breakfast table in the country,” he said in a statement.
“This is just another in a long, sad string of similar instances where all of the major network morning shows have permitted this inappropriate and offensive content,” the statement continued. “These cannot and must not be dismissed as ‘mistakes,’ and it’s time for the networks to step up, take responsibility for what they broadcast, and ensure that this never happens again.”
Cloud Atlas is out in theaters on Friday, Oct. 26.
Watch the uncensored, NSFW video of Hanks’ gaffe, above. Do the actor and the newscast deserve censure for the brief profanity? Tell us in the comments, below.
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