The belief has inspired her new song for the movie 'A Man Called Otto' starring her husband Tom Hanks.
Rita Wilson believes in keeping the conversation going with those who we have lost. "Well, it sort of was inspired because when my dad died, Mike Nichols, who was our friend, said, 'the conversation continues,'" she told PEOPLE. "And that idea that even though somebody's not in your life anymore, that I still have conversations with my parents, my friends that have passed away."
The idea inspired the 66-year-old new song Till You're Home, for the movie A Man Called Otto starring her husband Tom Hanks. The award-winning actor, also 66, plays a grumpy old widower who is contemplating ending his life before a nosy, pregnant neighbor comes in and changes his view on what home and family truly mean. "David [screenwriter McGee] and I sort of thought about this idea that when someone's out for the day and you can't wait to get until they come home so that you can tell them about your day, that sort of was the inspiration for that," Wilson shared about the idea behind the song. "But also that maybe home was a place that was a spiritual home."
The film is based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling 2012 novel A Man Called Ove Sweden’s Hannes Holm previously adapted the story into an Oscar-nominated film of the same name. “The films that I love bring people joy and allow us to have an emotional experience whether it’s through comedy, drama or, sometimes, both,” Wilson told Deadline. “Connection, the things that unite us, rather than separate us, is what inspires me. Artistic Films (a film production company) will look to create movies that explore our common human experiences.” The film is a family affair as Wilson worked with her partner of over 34 years as well as the couple's son, Truman Hanks.
Others included in the film, directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland), is newbie Mariana Treviño as the protagonist's neighbor. Hanks and Wilson knew the newcomer would be perfect for the role after seeing her audition tape. "Rita just came into the room at home and literally said, 'You need to see this,' " Hanks said. "And it was her [audition tape]. We looked at it on Rita's iPad and there was just no denying. And I don't know what the boss said, but she said, 'What do you think?' And I said, 'Well, I think we should just get her.' And that was that."
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