Tom Hanks gushes over Inferno co-star and ‘taskmaster’ Felicity Jones

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Hollywood’s nice guy Tom Hanks has worked with many actors throughout his career, but he reserved some high praise for his “Inferno” co-star Felicity Jones.

“She is a delight,” Hanks told Yahoo Singapore on the red carpet in Singapore when asked about working with the English actress.

“She weighs about nine pounds. I think she’s 14 years old… She is a taskmaster,” joked the actor, who returns as Robert Langdon in the film.

“She is a very accomplished artist and professional,” Hanks gushed.

He spoke about meeting Jones before filming started, and how he had said they’d be “joined at the hip for two and a half months” and seeing each other day in, day out.

“You reach a point quickly with someone like her, where you have shared intelligence and you work as a peer with her,” Hanks said of Jones, who plays Sienna Brooks, a doctor who helps Langdon in the show after he wakes up with amnesia.

Hanks also had a laugh when he was asked how Jones compared with his previous “Langdon ladies” co-stars, Audrey Tautou and Ayelet Zurer, saying they were “fabulous in their own separate ways”.

“The ‘Langdon ladies’ are more intelligent than the Bond girls, therefore I think they’re more sexy and beautiful,” he said.  

Hanks was in town with “Inferno” director Ron Howard and fellow actor Irrfan Khan, who plays the mysterious Harry Sims, as part of the Sony Summit at Marina Bay Sands.

“Inferno” is the third Dan Brown novel to be adapted for the big screen after “The Da Vinci Code” (2006) and “Angels and Demons” (2009).

“Inferno” opens in Singapore on 27 Oct.