By: Matt KucharMatt Kuchard and Dave Breen have been covering sports for ESPN for nearly four decades.
They are also co-authors of the book “Mahonk: The Story Behind the MOHONK HOUSE.”
The mahonoks have been featured in Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated Magazine, and more.
Their new book, “The MOHONYK HOUSE: The Life and Legend of Tom HANKS,” is available for purchase on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.
They discuss their work in this interview.ESPNCricInfo: When you guys started this project, you were already a big fan of Tom.
How did you decide to work with him?
Kuchard: Tom was a real favorite of mine.
He’s a really good guy.
We’d go to lunch with him, and he’d get me a little steak.
He was a very good guy and a really nice guy.
He would always tell me how he felt about me.
He just wanted to be in my company and I loved him and I respected him.
Breen: I’d go and he would bring me some of his stuff.
I think he liked my work, and it was a pleasure to work on it with him.
It was fun.
We were just talking about movies, and then he said, “Do you know I’m going to do a movie with Michael Stahlbarg?”
And I said, yeah, I’m sure I will.
It just sort of happened, and we started talking.
And I think it just kind of clicked.
That’s how it all started.
Kuchar: I was a little bit intimidated by Michael.
It’s not like we had a very big conversation.
It felt like we were sort of getting on the same page.
And Michael’s a great actor.
We had an idea of what we were going to be doing and he came up with some great characters.
Breen: It was a lot of fun to see Michael play Tom Hankstops.
I had never seen him play Tom.
And it was great to see him play the character.
I mean, I had seen some movies and he had done some great movies.
I thought it was going to take a lot more than that.
It seemed like a lot.
Kuchel: Michael Stahlbarg is a real tough guy.
I really respect his character and what he’s trying to do.
It really is just kind, like, a big story.
It doesn’t seem like a big movie.
It wasn’t like we shot in New York.
It came from the very beginning, so we had some footage that we filmed for the movie, and when we were doing some of our sets in New Orleans and shooting for that, I remember I said to myself, “What are we going to see in that set?
What are we gonna see in the movie?”
Breen is very respectful of Tom and Tom’s character.
And when you play Tom, you don’t just sit around talking.
You have to have a lot to do and you have to do it on your own.
And that was a really fun thing to work in with Tom.
It worked out very well.
It turned out very, very well for me.
Kuchel, what were you most excited about working with Tom?
Kucher: I’m really excited to work alongside Tom.
I know how much he enjoys the work.
He loves doing it and he likes doing it.
He likes making people laugh and he loves making people sad.
He really loves making a movie.
He also loves to read, so he’s very, uh, meticulous about that.
And also just being able to bring the characters to life, he loves the challenges.
It can be challenging, but he’s great at it.
Broussard: It’s great to work closely with Tom and Michael.
He and I have a great rapport.
It seems like he really wants to do things the right way.
And he loves doing the right things.
And we’re just really lucky that he’s been with us for such a long time.
And obviously, it’s always great to have him around.
It makes it so much easier to keep the stories going.
He knows his material.
It would be very easy for him to leave, but it’s not his decision.
Kuchars: It feels really good to work side-by-side with him and to do what he does.
We’re both very, you know, like-minded guys.
It feels like he’s an absolute professional.
And his personality is really just amazing.
Kuhlbarg: Tom is a fantastic guy.
There’s something about him, he’s such a real guy. It is such