Tom Hanks Makes Cabbie a 'Lucky Guy'


Sometimes it pays to drive the extra mile …

A New York City cabdriver ended up on a ride of his own when he picked up a celebrity customer. 

"So get this. I'm driving down Park Avenue one day and this guy waves for me, so I pull over and I ask him where he's going. He tells me 74th Street, and I tell him that's too far for me, because my shift just ended, so he says 'Thanks anyway' and walks away," the driver, whose first name is Manny, wrote on a Facebook post on Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton's photo blog on Monday.

"But then I think about it, and I start feeling bad for the guy, cause hey — I got a conscience. So I call him back to the cab and tell him to hop in. And he gets in the car all excited, all animated, and he's talking about all these things. But he's got his cap pulled down way over his eyes, so I can't see who it is. But pretty soon I start to recognize his voice. And when we get to a light, I turn to him, and I look him in the eye, and I scream: "WIIIIIIILLLSSSSSOOOOOOON!!!"

That would be the name of Tom Hanks' volleyball, Wilson, in the movie Cast Away. The customer was indeed Hanks.

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"He started laughing hard. He sees that I've got this Ferrari hat on, and a Ferrari shirt too, so he starts calling me 'Mr. Ferrari.' The whole ride, he keeps calling me 'Mr. Ferrari.' So after we get to his destination, we snap a quick photo, and he goes on his way. And I think that's it," Manny tells Humans of New York.

Little did he know that his Tom Hanks story would pick up steam. "Over the next few weeks, I just happen to randomly pick up people that know him. People who have acted with him before, people who work with him. And every time, I tell them: 'Tell Mr. Hanks that Mr. Ferrari says 'Hello,'" the HONY post continues.

"Then one day I'm driving, and I get a text from one of the people that I'd driven, and it says: 'Mr. Hanks wants to invite you to see his Broadway show.' So I bring my lady to the show, and we get to go backstage and everything, and after the show, we're waiting for him in his dressing room, and he walks in and screams: 'Mr. Ferrari!' " according to the HONY post. "Can you believe that story? And you want to know the craziest thing? The name of his show was Lucky Guy. How crazy is that? Because that was me. A lucky guy!"

But the story doesn't end yet. Manny appeared on NBC's Today show, where he was reunited with another celebrity he had given a ride to — host Hoda Kotb.

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