Tom Hanks protects wife Rita Wilson as she's jostled by fans - 'Back the f**k up!'

Tom Hanks protected his wife Rita Wilson in New York City on Wednesday night as over-enthusiastic fans knocked into the actress

Tom Hanks protected his wife
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Tom Hanks protected his wife, Rita Wilson, in New York on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, as the Hollywood couple were hounded by fans and one knocked into Rita causing her to trip.

Tom Hanks is set to star in the new Elvis movie, and has been the center of a great deal of attention during the press tour for this film. While the publicity for this film has been great, and fame is not something new for Tom Hanks, fans overstepped a line on Wednesday night and pushed into Tom's wife Rita Wilson when trying to speak to the star.  

This frustrated the Cast Away actor who then yelled expletives at the fans who caused his wife to lose her footing and was forced to yell 'Stop it!' at the crowd. 

Once checking that his wife was ok after being pushed into, the actor then turned back to the crowd and shouted, "My wife? Back the f**k up! Knocking over my wife?!" The famous couple then quickly headed towards a car waiting for them and a bodyguard helped them to leave the chaotic scene. Some people in the crowd yelled out their apologies to the actor, but he seemed angry and frustrated as he got into the car.

Fans were quick to defend Tom Hanks on social media and many suggested that he had every right to swear at the fans who pushed into his wife.

"Tom is a human being, anyone would react in that way. It must have been really frightening," said one fan.

Others agreed and felt that Tom's actions were only natural when seeing his wife put in a dangerous situation. "I don’t blame Tom Hanks for defending his Wife and all in my personal space. Back TF [the f**k] up," said the fan.

"Just when I thought I couldn’t love him anymore. He did nothing wrong except standing up for his wife," agreed another.

"If Tom Hanks is cussing you out, you F'ed up," said one Twitter user who seemed to be referencing the fact that the actor is typically known for his kind demeanor in the film industry.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actors Tom Hanks (L) and Rita Wilson attend HBO's Post 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)

(Image credit: Mike Windle/Getty Images)

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have been married for more than 30 years since they wed in 1988. The couple has two children together, two boys named Chet and Truman who are now in their late twenties and early thirties. Rita is also the stepmother to Tom's older children Colin and Elizabeth from a previous marriage. 

The couple met while filming Bosom Buddies in 1981 and have worked on a number of projects together over the years. Most recently the couple appeared in the Yellowstone spin-off 1883, Tom played a General and Rita played a storekeeper in the critically acclaimed series.

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