Attendees at the Tribeca Film Festival—especially those with an abiding interest in what we’re just going to go ahead and call “dad culture”—got a real treat this weekend, when Bruce Springsteen sat down for an hour-long, in-depth interview with America’s most beloved celebrity typewriter collector, Tom Hanks. Hanks, an avowed Springsteen fan, joked and questioned his way through most of the legendary rocker’s career, challenging the audience to complete The Boss’ lyrics, and having a laid-back chat about the perils of tax evasion.
That last part had its roots in a period from the mid-’70s, when Springsteen—who joked that he “never met anyone in New Jersey who paid their taxes”—was targeted by the IRS. The end result was that he was largely broke by the time he turned 30, with all the money from his tours and albums in the late ’70s going to pay his bill. “But I pay ‘em now” he noted, prompting Hanks to respond with, “Looks like you’re not going to have to pay so much now,” a poke at Donald Trump’s latest tax plan. That brought the room down, because the Venn diagram of Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen making fun of Donald Trump together apparently fills a hole in our national hearts.
There’s cellphone video of the interview floating around online, although nothing official has been released. In the meantime, we can all bask briefly in the thought of America’s Movie Dad and America’s Music Dad whiling away the hours, paying tribute to their mutual Philadelphia collaborator, Jonathan Demme, and genially shooting the shit.