Tom Hanks helped bride stuck in traffic get to church on time

May 19th, 2009 - 2:14 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 19 (ANI): American actor Tom Hanks showed his chivalrous side when he halted the production of his new film, and rushed to the aid of an Australian bride who got stuck in traffic.

Hanks, 52, was filming ‘Angels and Demons’ in Rome when he noticed that Natalia Dearnley, 28, had gotten stuck on the way to her wedding ceremony inside the city’s Pantheon.

Noticing that the roads were clogged with film production vehicles and tourists, and that Dearnley’s limousine could not reach the steps of the temple, the actor yelled out “cut” to stop filming and rushed to her aid.

“As we were trying to get through Tom came over and asked if he could escort me to my wedding,” the Telegraph quoted Dearnley, a sales and marketing manager who now lives in London, as telling Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.

“I couldn’t believe it. He stopped filming to help me. I’ve never met a celebrity before, we just went straight for the A-list.

“They were all cheering, it was amazing. Dad invited Tom to stay for the wedding but he said he had a movie to make,” she said.

Hanks used his large security detail to usher the bride through the crowd and into the Pantheon, where her groom was waiting.

After the ceremony, Hanks and Ron Howard, the film’s director, were waiting outside to congratulate the newlyweds and pose for several photographs.

“Her limo couldn’t deliver her to the door, so I offered her my arm so she could get hitched,” Hanks revealed later.

Hanks then invited the pair to the world premiere of the film in Rome, which they attended earlier this month.

The incident took place in June last year, and remained a secret until the time ‘Angels and Demons’ opened in cinemas around the world. (ANI)

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