Posted 10 years ago
I used to work for Steven Spielberg. When he was in post production on Saving Private Ryan back in 1998, Hasbro sent 11 prototype 12" G.I. Joe Action figures to the studio for Steven to look at. Though he loved the Tom Hanks WWII replica, he asked Hasbro to NOT make anymore & destroy any remaining figures due to the seriousness tone of the film. Though the Tom Hanks doll was massed produced & later sold as a regular G.I. Joe doll (with a beard), I have one of the eleven packaged in complete Private Ryan Memorabilia Box. I was requested by Spielberg's archivist to give one to Tom Hanks, deliver one to Spielberg's son Max, & he gave me & the other PA in the office one as well. The other five he asked to be delivered into his archives. A few years later, my roommate was Tom Hanks production assistant for over 5 years, & for a birthday gift he had Tom Autograph the actual Saving Private Ryan box that his action figure is in. It is a 1 in 11 ever made & the only ONE autographed by Tom Hanks himself...