Tom Hanks says cynicism ‘has become our default’

Tom Hanks has said the increasing level of cynicism in society is partly what led him to take a role as a lovable children’s entertainer.

The actor plays Fred Rogers in his new movie – a legendary US kids TV host whose brand was wholesome and warm.

“Cynicism has become the default position for so much of daily structure and daily intercourse,” Hanks told reporters.

“Why? Because it’s easy, and there’s good money to be made.”

He added: “Cynicism is a great product to sell, and it’s the perfect beginning of any examination of anything. And part of that is conspiracy theories and what have you.