Beloved American actor Tom Hanks, or rather Greek-American actor, since being granted Greek citizenship, could've been the first 'Greek' in space had he accepted an invitation by Jeff Bezos on a suborbital Blue Origin flight to last year which saw "Star Trek" actor William Shatner fly to space.
According to Space.com Hanks made the amusing revelation about the Bezos invitation during an interview during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" last November, saying that he was offered a ride to space and turned it down, because he was expected to pay quite a bit of money for the trip.
"Well yeah, provided I pay," Hanks said about the offer to launch on Blue Origin's suborbital vehicle New Shepard. "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."
"I don't need to spend 28 million bucks to do that," he said.
Oh well, maybe next time.