Tom Hanks says he couldn't play Philadelphia role today 'and rightly so'

Tom Hanks says he could not play the role of a gay man today as he did in Philadelphia in 1993 - and "rightly so".

The Hollywood star played lawyer Andrew Beckett in the film, a man

who was fired from his job after his bosses discovered his sexuality.

Speaking to The New York Times Magazine, the veteran actor said:

"Let's address, 'Could a straight man do what I did in Philadelphia now?' No, and rightly so."

Hanks said: "We're beyond that now, and I don't think people would

accept the inauthenticity of a straight guy playing a gay guy.

"It's not a crime, it's not boohoo that someone would say we are

going to demand more of a movie in the modern realm of authenticity. Do I sound like I'm preaching? I don't mean to."