Tom Hanks says he can ‘do it at home’ and rejects Jeff Bezos’ (dollar)28 million space flight offer.
Tom Hanks’ role in Apollo 13 appears to have left an impression on him, as he reportedly declined Jeff Bezos’ offer of a (dollar)28 million dollar trip to space.
The star of ‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Apollo 13′ told US TV host Jimmy Kimmel that he was approached to be one of the first people to fly on Bezos’ company Blue Origin, but he refused to pay the price.
“It was (dollar)28 million or something for the flight,” Hanks said.
“To be honest, Jimmy, I’m doing fine, but I’m not going to space for 28 million dollars.”
Hanks mocked Bezos’ space company’s short flights, saying he could replicate the experience at home.
“The flight is only about 12 minutes long, and I can do it right now from my seat.”
“There’s no reason for me to pay a lot of money for something I can do at home,” Hanks explained.
Despite declining Bezos’ offer, Hanks is said to be one of 600 people who have reserved an early ticket with Virgin Galactic, which costs a much more’moderate’ (dollar)250,000.
Tom Hanks has been on a few space missions in the movies.
He is best known for his role in the film Apollo 13, which tells the story of a doomed NASA moon mission.
When Tom Hanks said, “Houston, we have a problem,” he became a movie legend.
Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos’ pet project is Blue Origin.
It offers 11 to 12 minute private spaceflights to the edge of the stratosphere.
Passengers can spend up to four minutes in zero gravity.
Blue Origin made history in October when it launched William Shatner, the 90-year-old Star Trek icon, into space, making him the oldest person to ever leave the planet.
However, it appears that Tom Hanks was not interested in joining him.