April 29, 2017 10:38 AM By Glenn Gamboa firstname.lastname@example.org Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks started their much-anticipated Tribeca Film Festival conversation Friday with a tribute to the late Jonathan Demme, the Baldwin-born director who first brought their work together.
Springsteen said he struggled with the song for a couple of days and thought Demme, who died Wednesday, at 73, from complications with cancer, wouldn’t use it.
“No Jonathan Demme, no ‘Philadelphia.’ No ‘Streets of Philadelphia.’ ” In case there was any doubt how the hourlong conversation about Springsteen’s recent memoir, “Born to Run,” and his early days was going to go, Hanks quickly added about the song that memorably opens the film, “Well, I have to tell you, if you ever want to have a great moment in a motion picture, walk out a door and make sure they just put up a Bruce Springsteen song.” Hanks gleefully led Springsteen through a discussion from his days in The Castiles through the “Glory Days” of “Born in the U.S.A.,” peppering the talk with song lyrics he wanted the crowd to finish.
The capacity crowd at the Beacon Theatre, which included Hanks’ wife, actress Rita Wilson, and Springsteen’s wife, bandmate Patti Scialfa, as well as CBS’ Gayle King and director Robert Rodriguez, was more than happy to scream along.
Hanks did question Springsteen about not paying taxes in the late 1970s.