Tom Hanks On His JFK Assassination Project, War & Growing Up Navy

Tom Hanks graces the cover of Time magazine in advance of his HBO miniseries "The Pacific." He is only the third actor to do so, but it's in his capacity of producer.

You can read the whole profile here, and below are some choice quotes.

On growing up in a military family:

"Growing up I always knew Dad was in the Pacific somewhere fixing things," Hanks says. "He had nothing nice to say about the Navy. He hated the Navy. He hated everybody in the Navy. He had no glory stories about it."

On his goal for The Pacific:

"From the outset we wanted to make people wonder how our troops can reenter society in the first place," Hanks says. "How could they just pick up their lives and get on with the rest of us. Back in World War II we viewed the Japanese as 'yellow slant-eyed dogs' that believed in different Gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. Does that soud familiar by any chance to what's going on today?"

On the difference between WWII and now:

"At least the Pacific War Soldiers coming back form WWII decompressed on ships for weeks. And then once the troops arrived portside it was often a long train ride home to Peoria. Today these guys in Afghanistan fight in bloody hell and then are flown back in 18 hours. How can they cope with that? How can they suddenly go from Tora Bora to Peyton Place?"

On his upcoming project re: the JFK assassination:
"We're going to do the American public a service," Hanks says. "A lot of conspiracy types are going to be upset. If we do it right it'll perhaps be one of the most controversial things that has ever been on TV."