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Complexity of ‘Cloud Atlas’ thrills Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is shown as hotel manager one his multiple roles epic dram'Cloud Atlas.'

Tom Hanks is shown as the hotel manager, one of his multiple roles in the epic drama "Cloud Atlas."

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Updated: November 22, 2012 6:14AM

When he was playing Dermot “Duster” Hoggins, Isaac Sachs, Dr. Henry Goose and even more roles in a three-hour movie, Tom Hanks knew “Cloud Atlas” would be a complex project.

“I loved that it wasn’t going to be simple for audiences,” he says. “Lord, doesn’t that sound beautiful? A film that is original, creative and makes you think. That’s what movies used to be.”

Is this his biggest cinematic risk in a long time?

“I think it’s as risky as ‘Inception,’ ” Hanks says.
“ ‘Inception’ was a complete one-off. You saw it the first time and said, ‘How many movies are in this thing?’ ”

Hanks says he find true joy working with directors Andy and Lana Wachowski .

“I loved it that they were honestly happy to see us each day, and the vibe was like they were letting us play in their rep company.”

Cindy Pearlman

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