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Tom Hanks opens 57th London film festival

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson arrive at the 57th BFI London Film Festival Credit: PA Wire

Tom Hanks opened London first film festival with his new film Captain Phillips.

The 57-year-old actor arrived on the red carpet this evening accompanied by his wife Rita Wilson.

The 12-day film festival opens with Captain Phillips, a thriller starring Hanks as a cargo ship captain held captive by Somali pirates.

The film is based on the true story of the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009 where Somali pirates attacked an American container ship.

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Tom Hanks reveals he has Type 2 diabetes

Tom Hanks revealed he has recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

While being interviewed on the Late Show with David Letterman, Hanks said he had experienced symptoms of the condition for more than 20 years.

Tom Hanks arrives at the premiere of Captain Phillips in Los Angeles.
Tom Hanks revealed he has Type 2 diabetes while on the Late Show withe David Letterman. Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The star, who is now 57, told Letterman, "I went to the doctors and they 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'."

"It's controllable ... Something's going to kill us all Dave," Hanks added.

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