Hollywood Heavyweights: Hanks Is Streeps Ahead Of Meryl

Daniel Blazer
Daniel Blazer
Daniel Blazer
Managing Editor

It is probably fair to say that Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks are the biggest actors of their respective genders; it’s pretty hard to come close to the two in terms of Oscar-worthy – and Oscar-winning – performances, all-time classic films and their consistency – sorry, Tom; we all saw the Da Vinci Code trilogy debacle, but we will let you off.

Therefore, when these two Hollywood heavyweights unite, you know the film is going to be worth you overpaying at the cinema, for – especially as we’ve waited so god damn long for the powerful forces to unite – Hanks produced ‘The Ant Bully’ for which Meryl Streep did a voiceover for, but that’s the closest we’ve ever come.

‘The Post’ sees Streep – playing the role of Katharine Graham, the Washington Post’s first female publisher – join forces with her Chief Editor, Ben Bradlee – who is, of course, played by Hanks – to reveal a 30-year government cover-up.

It promises to be a blockbuster. And of course it will need to be, given the no doubt eye-watering budget just to get Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg on the same production.

Hanks and Streep are no strangers to box office successes, but who can claim to be the cream of the crop when it comes to starring in a real money-spinner?

Since 2000, Tom Hanks has made a total of 21 films – lucky for Hanks we started the data point there, as that allows Cast Away, with its $429million box office takings, sneak in – whilst Meryl Streep has appeared in 28 films, so it’s already looking a bit bleak for the one-time Iron Lady. 

But what about the average budget and box office takings for a Tom Hanks film or a Meryl Streep one? After all, since the turn of the millennium, Hanks has starred in his fair share of flops – ‘A Hologram for the King’ Tom, honestly?! – whilst Streep has made just three that have failed to finish in the green.

So, any casting directors and producers out there, it looks like, from a purely numbers point of view, that Tom Hanks is your go-to man. However, just remember, for every ‘Catch Me If You Can’, Hanks makes far too many films that you a) have never even heard of or b) forgot were ever made.

‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ or ‘Cloud Atlas’ are just examples of a Tom Hanks films that barely stood the test of that year, let alone the test of time. 

And that’s the thing with Meryl, her numbers may not be as impressive as Hanks’, but there’s barely a film on her resume, since 2000, that you won’t have, at the very least, a fleeting recollection of. Furthermore, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ star never really stood a chance when competing with the nostaliga of millennials upon the the release of Toy Story 3.

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