However, in the end, his favorite team lost.
Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins opened the scoring against Premier League leaders Arsenal in the fifth minute. The operator and director of the broadcast did a masterful job: they noticed Hollywood actor Tom Hanks in the stands and filmed his unique reaction.
The 66-year-old two-time Oscar winner first revealed his support for Aston Villa in January 2008. It happened at the premiere of Charlie Wilson’s War.
“The first Aston Villa game I saw live was a friendly in the USA. I try to keep up. My good friend lives in Los Angeles and is a fan of the club. He always gives me the latest news because I can’t figure out which channel on my cable is playing football games – 583, 643 or 801? I can’t find them at all. If I do manage to find football, they always show West Ham-United, Tottenham-QPR matches. Give me “Villa”, I want “Villa”!
The actor was a little late for the game and as soon as he found a place in the stands, Watkins beat Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to score the first goal of the match.
Moments later, the BT Sport cameras moved to Hanks, who couldn’t believe his eyes. Look at his reaction.
Tom Hanks was the special guest of Aston Villa. Before the game, he visited the team’s dressing room and was given a tour of the Villa Park stadium. The actor was clearly happy with this reception.
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