UPDATED with Chet Hanks Instagram video: Colin Hanks and Chet Hanks have taken to social media to give an update on their parents Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson after they revealed that they’d been diagnosed with COVID-19.
“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from everyone,” former Life In Pieces star Colin Hanks tweeted. “My parents are receiving excellent care in Australia and are doing well (and in good spirits) given the circumstances.”
He added, “Despite the fact that I’m in LA and haven’t seen them in over 3 weeks we have been in constant contact and am confident that they will make a full recovery.”
Chet Hanks posted a video on Instagram, saying he had just spoken by phone with his parents.
“Wassup everyone. Yea, its true my parents got coronavirus. Crazy,” he said. “They’re both down in Australia right now ’cause my dad was shooting a movie down there. I just got off the phone with them. They both are fine. They’re not even that sick. They’re not worried about it. They’re not trippin’ but they’re going through the necessary health precautions obviously.
“I don’t think it’s anything to be too worried about. I appreciate everyone’s concern and the well wishes. I think it’s all going to be alright. I appreciate it. Everybody stay safe out there. Much love.”
Hanks and Wilson are in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros. The two-time Oscar winner Hanks is set to play Presley’s longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker in the project.
“We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” Hanks told Deadline in a statement Wednesday.
The 63-year-old Oscar winner added “We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?” He promised to “keep the world and updated” and encouraged everyone to “Take care of yourselves.”
Warner Bros.’ untitled Elvis Presley movie is scheduled to open on Oct. 1, 2021.