Tom Hanks, great American, has been to some far-flung places in the service of Hollywood and country.
There's no working actor who more embodies America, or at least its most idealized, virtuous image of itself. It's one reason why Hanks has five times topped the annual Harris Poll, including this year, as the nation's most popular actor.
More than that, Hanks ranked as America's most trusted person in a 2013 Reader's Digest poll.
Hanks has long played iconic Americans, both fictional (Forrest Gump) and real (Walt Disney in "Saving Mrs. Banks," Sully Sullenberger in the upcoming "Sully"). But many of his most indelible characters have been...