Carly Rae Jepsen cast away in favor of Tom Hanks’ lead role

Viewpoints Editor

Tom Hanks is known for his incredible acting skills and love for typewriters. 

He’s known for starring roles in some of our favorite films: “Saving Private Ryan,” “Forrest Gump,” “You’ve Got Mail” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s music video for “I Really Like You.”

That’s right. Carly Rae Jepsen’s music video for “I Really Like You,” features endearing and adorable Tom Hanks.

“While some might assume that the ‘Call Me Maybe’ singer had to beg the Oscar winner to appear in her video, in reality, it was Hanks’ idea,” said Andrea Dresdale via Good Morning America.

Jepsen’s manager, Scooter Braun, is friends with Hanks. 

Over dinner, Braun was talking about his work and explained Jepsen’s idea for the music video.

“He was telling him how I had this vision for like a male lead, that I wanted to have this guy sing the song rather than me, and I thought it would be really comedic and funny, especially if it was someone totally unexpected,” Jepson told ABC News. “And Tom was like, ‘Well, why don’t you guys ever ask me?’”

Braun mentioned the idea to Jepsen and Jepsen was ecstatic. 

Jepsen said that receiving the news that Hanks would be in her video was an early Christmas present. The two had met before at a wedding, but had not been close.

The video stars Hanks from beginning to end. Hanks wakes up with Jepsen’s song in his head and begins lip synching it. Throughout his day, he lip syncs in a cab, on the streets of SoHo in New York City and Jepsen’s dressing room.

“After shooting the video I am still in happy shock,” Jepsen tells Entertainment Weekly. “Tom was hilarious and though it was absolutely freezing he kept our spirits up by shouting ‘huddle together now – like penguins’ when all 60 of us wanted to give up! I can’t thank him enough!”

While I did appreciate the music itself, Jepsen’s song was not the star of this video. 

Hank’s cameo roles are simply where he steals the stage. 

Whether he is making a skit for Jimmy Kimmel or performing slam poetry about “Full House” on Jimmy Fallon, Hanks is simply a phenomenal actor and comedian.

While I listen to “I Really Like You” for the 50th time today, I pull up the music video and allow it to share half the screen with my homework. 

Although I need more time to think about something as deep as love, I do have something to say to Tom Hanks: I really, really, really like you.