Fox’s New Cop Show “The Good Guys:” Colin Hanks Brings the Funny

By FredTopel Colin Hanks, son of mega movie star Tom Hanks, comes to television this summer in the Fox series The Good Guys. In the buddy cop comedy, Hanks plays the young cop paired up with a reckless older veteran (Bradley Whitford). Perhaps it is a recurring tradition in the Hanks family. Tom got his start in a very different buddy series, the cross-dressing sitcom Bosom Buddies. Colin said there’s no connection.

“No, because I’m not wearing a dress,” Hanks said. “I’m carrying a gun so there really wasn’t TV advice.”

What The Good Guys does offer Hanks is the chance to be funny. Films like Orange County and The House Bunny have Hanks reacting to other people being funny. “So much of the stuff I end up reading for or people want me for is the sort of sane guy surrounded by a bunch of crazy people. This was not necessarily that dynamic. This was much more of a two hander between two guys who are both equally flawed for very different reasons. More importantly, Jack was a guy that spoke back. He talked back to people. It wasn’t just him reacting all the time to ‘Why are you so crazy? Why can’t you be normal?’ Jack actually has an attitude towards Dan sometimes. He lets Dan know when he’s not happy. I liked being able to read a character that actually stood up for himself.”

Jack has some relationship problems that are a source of some of The Good Guys’s laughs too. That’s acting, because Hanks is happily married in real life. “Jack is not nearly as emotionally and relationship balanced as I am. There’s a lot of comedy gold out there to be found as far as Jack’s inability to maintain a relationship and his will he/won’t he relationship with Jenny Wade’s character, Liz. I don’t think me being married will affect Jack too much but it’ll definitely make me feel a whole lot better about making a fool out of myself at work, knowing I have a wife at home who cares about me knowing how big of a fool I make of myself.”

The Good Guys must be a hard show to do, with stunts like Jack jumping from a moving car. Even considering the parts that stunt men do, the actors are still working in high speed situations, and being funny.

“We’re laughing a lot throughout the course of the day. Even on the long 16 hour days like we just had, there’s still going to be a big laugh somewhere throughout the course of the day. That really helps when you’re making a comedy. Trying to find the balance between the realism and the comedy, sometimes I find myself hitting my head a little bit trying to find out exactly what it is I’m trying to serve and what is the best way to do that. Am I trying to serve a sense of reality in which something funny happens or am I trying to serve the comedy in which reality sort of goes out the window and it’s fun and zany and a good time? That can be a hard thing to do over the course of a show.”

There’s just something about two mismatched partners that’s funny. “All those buddy sort of cop shows, that’s definitely the vibe. That’s the template for a little bit of our show, a flavor if you will. I sort of feel like it fits well in that canon of show, and canon is a very favorable world. I think we also sort of have our own twists that make the show sort of unique. More importantly, this is a comedy. We’re blowing stuff up and we’re chasing bad guys and we’re doing all that stuff too, but this is really much more of a comedy than any of those shows were. So it’s sort of poking fun in an homagy kind of way, if homagy would be used as a word.”

The Good Guys premieres May 19 before moving to Mondays on Fox.


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