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November 6, 1987

NEW YORK (AP) _ Tom Hanks expresses discomfort with being a movie star, and ridicules his own looks in an interview appearing this weekend.

″I happen to know my chin looks better from one side, but that is because of the way my jaw sticks out on one side of my head,″ Hanks says in Sunday’s Parade magazine.

″The only time I worry about how I look is when I feel heavy. OK ... my hair is a bush. You can look at it and see an elephant, or the shape of Heckle and Jeckle.″

He laughs off comparisons with actors like Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, saying, ″It’s as big a compliment as you can get, but it’s not anywhere near accurate.″

Hanks, 31, is starring along with Sally Field in a movie about standup comics called ″Punchline,″ to be released around Christmas.

Hanks says getting the star treatment from fans gives him ″some self- doubt,″ and that his real dream is to play center field for the Cleveland Indians.


HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Carroll O’Connor, best known for his portrayal of the bigoted New Yorker Archie Bunker in television’s ″All In The Family,″ will play a bigoted Southerner in a TV remake of ″In the Heat of the Night.″

The two-hour NBC pilot to be filmed in southeastern Louisiana, is scheduled for broadcast in February, said Lt. Gov. Bobby Freeman, who heads the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

″We’ll spend our budget of $3.3 million in Hammond,″ said producer Hugh Benson, who also made miniseries ″The Blue and The Gray.″

Revolving around a white sheriff begrudgingly accepting the help of a black detective, the original 1967 movie won a best-picture Oscar, and an Academy Award for Rod Steiger as the sheriff.

Freeman said Richard Roundtree or Howard Rollins would play the detective, originally portrayed by Sidney Poitier.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - White House press secretary James Brady, who took a bullet meant for President Reagan in 1981, says it’s fruitless to spend time brooding over the shooting.

″I don’t spend a lot of time on denial ... thinking, why me?″ Brady said Thursday on Phil Donahue’s television show, which is being taped here. ″That’s a waste of time.″

″But in about two minutes, I can work up a rage over that boy (assailant John W. Hinckley Jr.) and so can my son,″ Brady said. ″He wants a daddy who can climb trees ... and I can’t do that.″

Brady, who was not expected to recover, suffered head injuries and paralysis on his left side. He got up from a wheelchair Thursday and with the help of his wife and a cane, he walked on the stage to a standing ovation.

Brady and his wife, Sarah, were on the show to promote a book on his story, ″Thumbs Up,″ by Mollie Dickenson, published by William Morrow & Co.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The wife of New Orleans jazz trumpeter Al Hirt has sued him for divorce, asking $10,000 a month for pain she said endured from her husband’s ″violent physical abuse.″

″I loved him. I still love him. I’m very, very sad,″ Hirt’s wife, Zide Jahncke, said in an interview Thursday.

Hirt could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press because he has an unlisted phone number. His lawyer, Russell J. Schonekas, did not return repeated phone calls.

The suit was filed in Orleans Civil Court on Oct. 30 but not made public until Thursday.

Hirt, who won a Grammy in 1963, ran a nightclub in the French Quarter for 22 years until sagging business forced him to close it in 1983. He has recorded more than 50 albums.

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