Tom Hanks says he wouldn't attend a White House screening of "The Post"

Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham in "The Post." Photo: Niko Tavernise / 20th Century Fox via AP

Tom Hanks told The Hollywood Reporter that he was drawn to the script of "The Post" because of the parallels the story draws to today. Hanks plays Watergate-era Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee in the upcoming film.

The big picture: Hanks said that the people currently in power are attacking the First Amendment by trying to dispute facts and denigrate the truth, just as they did under the Nixon administration. He also said he wouldn't attend a White House screening of the movie if there was one, adding, "This is the moment where ... our personal choices are going to have to reflect our opinions."