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'You got a friend in me!' Tom Hanks writes to bullied 8-year-old named Corona

'You got a friend in me!' Tom Hanks writes to bullied 8-year-old named Corona
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Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were the first big name celebrities to catch the Corona virus. While the pair were at an Australian resort for a film shoot. They ended up in quarantine for more than two weeks and experienced mild to severe symptoms, according to Hank's. Both have since recovered and returned to their Los Angeles home. But now Hanks has taken up correspondence with an Australian child who wrote to him during the ordeal. This eight year olds name is Corona, he says. Since the pandemic broke out around the world, his classmates have taken to teasing him, calling him Corona virus something he's not to Fonda. And after Hank's saw the letter from the little boy showing his support for him and his wife, he returned the kindness, sending a letter of his own with a little something extra, a Corona brand typewriter, Hanks wrote in his note to the Aussie kid. Your letter made my wife, and I feel so wonderful. You know, you're the only person I've ever known to have the name Corona like the ringer on the Sun, a crown finishing a letter with the iconic Toy Story tagline quote PS you got a friend in me. Corona says he now feels special rather than singled out, and says he's going to be writing back hopefully on that new typewriter soon.
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'You got a friend in me!' Tom Hanks writes to bullied 8-year-old named Corona
Tom Hanks has a new penpal: an 8-year-old Australian boy called Corona, who says he has been bullied because of his name.Corona DeVries, from Queensland, first wrote to the actor and his wife, Rita Wilson, after hearing that they had tested positive for coronavirus while in Australia.In his letter, shown on air Thursday by Australian news channel 9News, DeVries wrote: "I heard on the news you and your wife have caught the coronavirus. Are you ok?"Earlier this month, DeVries told 9News that he had recently been called "coronavirus" at school."Coronavirus — they kept on saying that, and I get really mad," he said. So he wrote to Hanks and Wilson, wishing them well and saying he knows what it's like to feel down.It wasn't long before Hanks, who was the voice of "Woody" the sheriff in the "Toy Story" movies, responded — sending DeVries a typewritten letter and the Corona-brand typewriter he had brought with him and used in Australia.Hanks addressed his note to "Friend Corona" and expressed his gratitude for the 8-year-old's concern about his and Wilson's health. "Thank you for being such a good friend — friends make their friends feel good when they are down," he added.The actor also wrote: "I thought this typewriter would suit you.. Ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back."He even included some self-addressed envelopes, to make DeVries' task a little easier.And at the bottom of his letter, Hanks added the handwritten postscript "You got a friend in me!" — the name of the "Toy Story" theme song.CNN has reached out to Hanks' representatives for comment.Hanks and Wilson spent time in self-quarantine at their home in Australia after being released from hospital last month.The couple were in Australia for pre-production work on a Baz Luhrmann film about Elvis Presley. Hanks is set to play the singer's manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The pair returned home to Los Angeles in late March.CNN's Nicole Chavez, Stephanie Lam and Chloe Melas contributed to this report

Tom Hanks has a new penpal: an 8-year-old Australian boy called Corona, who says he has been bullied because of his name.

Corona DeVries, from Queensland, first wrote to the actor and his wife, Rita Wilson, after hearing that they had tested positive for coronavirus while in Australia.

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In his letter, shown on air Thursday by Australian news channel 9News, DeVries wrote: "I heard on the news you and your wife have caught the coronavirus. Are you ok?"

Earlier this month, DeVries told 9News that he had recently been called "coronavirus" at school.

"Coronavirus — they kept on saying that, and I get really mad," he said. So he wrote to Hanks and Wilson, wishing them well and saying he knows what it's like to feel down.

It wasn't long before Hanks, who was the voice of "Woody" the sheriff in the "Toy Story" movies, responded — sending DeVries a typewritten letter and the Corona-brand typewriter he had brought with him and used in Australia.

Hanks addressed his note to "Friend Corona" and expressed his gratitude for the 8-year-old's concern about his and Wilson's health.

"Thank you for being such a good friend — friends make their friends feel good when they are down," he added.

The actor also wrote: "I thought this typewriter would suit you.. Ask a grown up how it works. And use it to write me back."

He even included some self-addressed envelopes, to make DeVries' task a little easier.

And at the bottom of his letter, Hanks added the handwritten postscript "You got a friend in me!" — the name of the "Toy Story" theme song.

CNN has reached out to Hanks' representatives for comment.

Hanks and Wilson spent time in self-quarantine at their home in Australia after being released from hospital last month.

    The couple were in Australia for pre-production work on a Baz Luhrmann film about Elvis Presley. Hanks is set to play the singer's manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

    The pair returned home to Los Angeles in late March.

    CNN's Nicole Chavez, Stephanie Lam and Chloe Melas contributed to this report