Here’s Why Tom Hanks Turned Down Jeff Bezo’s Space Travel Offer

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Receiving an invite from Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos doesn’t happen often, and when it does, it’s hard to believe anyone would turn it down. But when Bezos offered Tom Hanks a ride to space on his Blue Origin rocket, he declined, and for good reason.

Hanks made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Tuesday, sharing that accepting the offer from Bezos came at a remarkably high price of $28 million.

“Well yeah, provided I pay,” Hanks said. “It costs like $28 million or something like that. And I’m doing good, Jimmy — I’m doing good — but I ain’t paying $28 million. You know what, we could simulate the experience of going to space right now.”

“You know, we could simulate the experience of going to space right now. It’s about a 12-minute flight, is that about it? We could all do it in our seats right here,” Hanks added before shaking in his chair, comedically simulating a space launch.

Twitter had a lot to say about Hanks declining the offer.

“Because he has… wadaya call it? Common decency,” one user wrote, as another referenced Hanks’ “Cast Away” movie, “Bezos should think twice before inviting Tom Hanks. His trips usually end really bad.”

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