Life-Size Tom Hanks Signs Promote Social Distancing Amid COVID-19

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By RADIO.COM

Since Tom Hanks was one of the first Hollywood celebrities to contract coronavirus, it’s only fitting that his likeness is being used to promote social distancing.

Decals with the actor's photo have begun popping up around Toronto, Canada since Wednesday.

The signs feature a life-size photo of the Oscar winner and feature the punny phrase: “Hanks for Keeping Your Distance."

According to Public Inc., the marketing agency behind the campaign, the 64-year-old actor was their prime choice because he is “exactly 6 feet tall.”

The website notes the actor’s height makes him “the perfect safety measurement tool.”

"We’re always thinking of ways to help our clients stay ahead of the curve, but this felt like a creative opportunity to help our communities, too," the brand said, per People, adding, “so we decided to launch a new, light-hearted campaign to help remind us all to keep our distance."

It’s unclear whether Hanks gave the OK for the campaign, but he has been very vocal about reminding the public to take proper safety precautions in hopes of curbing the spread of the novel virus.

He called out people who refuse to wear face masks, specifically stating, “there's really only three things we can do in order to get to tomorrow: Wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands."

"Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things -- I just think shame on you,” he added.

Hanks tested positive for the virus in mid-March while filming in Australia. He and his wife, Rita Wilson, who also fell ill, recovered and returned to the U.S.

Since then, he’s been donating his plasma to help COVID-19 researchers.

He also detailed his experience with coronavirus during a virtual appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in which he said his bones “felt like they were made of soda crackers."

“Every time I moved around I felt like something was cracking inside,” he said adding that he also felt a “bone-crushing fatigue” and soreness.

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