Tom Hanks is making the press rounds to talk about his action thriller "Captain Phillips," which recently premiered at the New York Film Festival. During an appearance Monday night on the Late Show with David Letterman, the award-winning actor discussed his recent diagnosis for Type 2 Diabetes.
"I went to the doctor, and he said, 'You know those high blood sugar numbers you've been living with since you were 36? Well, you've graduated. You've got Type 2 Diabetes, young man," revealed Hanks. (He's now 57.)
He later added, "My doctor said, 'Look, if you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school, you will essentially be completely healthy. You will not have Type 2 diabetes.' And then I said to her, 'Well, then, I'm gonna have Type 2 diabetes, because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.'" That's more than just a case of slimming down a bit; the actor told Letterman that he weighed 96 pounds in high school.
Of course, armchair diagnoses from doctors who have never treated Hanks are at the ready. Some refer to Hanks's significant weight losses and gains over the years for various roles -- most notably in 2000's "Cast Away" -- as a possible factor in his diagnosis.
"Captain Phillips" opens on October 11 in the States. You can read Moviefone's interview with director Paul Greengrass here.