The Apollo 13 star Tom Hanks was promised a ride to space on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket, but it came at a cost.
During an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday, the actor stated that Bezos had approached him and that if he accepted the offer, he would be expected to pay.
“Well yeah, provided I pay,” Hanks replied. “It costs like $28 million or something like that. And I’m doing good, Jimmy — I’m doing good — but I ain’t paying $28 million. You know what, we could simulate the experience of going to space right now.”
“I don’t need to spend 28 million bucks to do that.” Hanks, who was on hand to promote his new film “Finch,” said as he imitated shaking in a rocket while in his chair.
He also paid respect to his late buddy and co-star on the sitcom “Bosom Buddies,” actor Peter Scolari. Kimmel showed a clip from a 1981 episode of the show in which Hanks expressed his admiration for the two.
While Hanks declined Bezos’ invitation, he is believed to be among the celebrities who have reserved seats for up to $250,000 to be among the first waves of space travellers on Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson’s commercial space liner.
Ticket reservations have been made by around 600 persons from 58 countries. Other celebs, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Russell Brand, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber, have booked Virgin Galactic tickets, according to Insider’s Dominick Reuter. In February of last year, the company ran a follow-up campaign that drew in another 1,000 sign-ups, this time for $1,000 refundable deposits toward the cost of a full ticket.
Meanwhile, the commercial space race is being led by SpaceX which completed its record all-civilian crew flight to space, and recently, SpaceX is estimated to be valued at $100 billion USD.