Look, we're not claiming we'd keep our cool if we met Tom Hanks in person, so we're not judging Harry Styles right now, but we are cringing for him after comedian Kathy Griffin shared an exchange which took place between Tom and Harry back in 2014.
In Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index, the popular comedian recalls an awkward moment which played out backstage at an Eagles gig when an intoxicated Harry made a beeline for Tom in an effort to, you know, shoot the breeze and talk movies.
Documenting the moment in eye-watering detail, Kathy may as well have transported us back in time as we watched Harry do what we all would have done in the presence of greatness.
Harry: Re-membah when you wuz savin’ Private Ryan and had to bring ‘im back to ‘is mum? Re-membah?
Tom Hanks politely replies with caution: Yes.
Harry: Re-membah when you wuz in Cappin Phillips? And the other guy sez, ‘Oim’ the capn’ now”? ‘Membah?
Tom, trying go figure this young man out: Yes, yes, I do remember.
Harry: Was that scaarrry?
"Even I wasn’t expecting that question. I turned to Tom: Yeah, Tom, was that scary?" Kathy wrote.
Tom, clearly trying to save Harry Styles from himself (in a way Kendall Jenner never could): Harry, have you met my friend, the comedian Kathy Griffin? (Tom really hit the word comedian hard.)
Harry was unfazed and returned his attention to the great Tom Hanks again …with the questions. It was like he was doing a memory brain teaser.
Harry: Re-membah when you wuz Forrest Gump? ‘Membah? ‘Membah?
Tom, still indulging: I was, yes.
Harry: You wuz always runnin’? Membah?
At this point, Kathy took a break from relating the exchange to chime in and remind her readers: "Yes, he was asking Tom Hanks if Tom remembers playing the role of Forrest Gump, for which he won the Academy Award."
"I can’t point out here enough how Harry Styles seemed to think it was him mission to make sure Tom Hanks did not forget the names of any of his films or the fact that he had starred in these films."
Kathy then returned to the narrative, and we're back cringing into our sleeves as Harry lumbers on with the conversation.
Harry: That was a good film.
Tom: I do remember.
Without explanation, Harry Styles turned and pivoted away. Tom Hanks had been pretty much frozen in the same sport during this magical and epic exchange. Tom’s answer was perfect and delivered very dryly:
Tom: Sometimes, I just want to drive them to rehab myself.
And that, ladies, is what happened when Harry met… Tom.