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An image of American actor Tom Hanks allegedly wearing a T-shirt that reads “take me to Greece” has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. In fact, the photo has been manipulated from a photo released by Hanks in 2015, in which he was wearing a United States national football team jersey.
The image was posted on April 6, 2021 to a Facebook group, “Greeks Worldwide,” which has more than one million subscribers.
He claims to show a selfie of Tom Hanks wearing a blue T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan “Take me to Greece”.
The T-shirt also appears to feature an illustration of a donkey which includes the colors of the Greek flag.
The image was also shared in these Facebook posts here and here.
The image, however, has been manipulated.
A Google reverse image search of the image found this Times of India article, published on September 25, 2020.
Another reverse image search of the photo in the article found this Instagram post posted by Hanks on June 30, 2015.
“Fake turf or not, I’m full of Bosom Buds if Coach Ellis needs me. No yellow cards! Hanx ”, we read in the caption.
Below is a comparison between the misleading post (L) and Hanks’ Instagram post (R):
“Coach Ellis” refers to former US women’s football coach Jill Ellis, who led the team from 2014 to 2019.
The jersey featured in the image is the away jersey of the 2015 US national team Nike, which made its Algarve Cup debut in March of this year.
Tom Hanks received honorary Greek citizenship in 2019, along with his wife Rita Wilson, of Greek descent.
Hanks said he felt “110% Greek … I’m more Greek than Greek” being married to Wilson, producer of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”.