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Hanks film opens 57th BFI London Film Festival

Film fanatics from around the world will be watching London over the 12 days as the 57th London Film Festival officially opens. This year critics say it has the best line up in its entire history, starting tonight with the premier of Tom Hank's new film, Captain Phillips.

Click here for a full A to Z list of films being shown this year, with details of where you can see them.

Tom Hanks arrives in London for a photocall for his new film Captain Phillips Credit: Press Association

Today, Tom Hanks confessed he does not plan to take on any more roles that require him to lose or gain extreme amounts of weight, for the sake of his health. The actor recently revealed on a US talk show that he has been living with Type 2 diabetes for over 20 years.

Speaking at the start of the 57th BFI London Film Festival he said:

The gaining and the losing of weight may have had something to do with it because you eat so much bad food and you don't take any exercise when you're heavy.

But I think I was genetically inclined to get it and I think it goes back to a lifestyle that I have been leading ever since I was seven-years-old, as supposed to 36.

I've talked to a number of actors who have gained weight for roles and just out of the sheer physical toll on one's knees and shoulders, no one wants to do it again. I think that's more or less a young man's game.

I'm 57 and I don't think I'm going to take on a job, or even go on vacation again, and see to it that I can gain 30 pounds.

Tom Hanks and Director, Paul Greengrass seen ahead of tonight's premiere

Tom Hanks lost dramatic amounts of weight for films including Philadelphia in 1993, in which he played an Aids sufferer, and in 2000 he played a man stranded on a desert island in Castaway.

It's not Type 1 diabetes... it's just eating right, getting exercise and taking the right kind of medicines and I feel just fine. It's part of life and I'm just fine thank you.

Everybody's going to have some degree of health problem as we get older. I think I'm pretty good on cholesterol, I think I'm pretty good on a lot of those, it just so happens that my body type and my lifestyle gives me a preclusion for high blood sugars. I know what to do, I have access to good doctors, I eat good food and after that it's up to the individual.

And I refuse, refuse, refuse, refuse to tell any of those other celebrities what to do.