Monday, December 16, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2642: Tom Hanks Can't Act Away a Fib - His Body Language Tells a Little Lie (VIDEO, PHOTO)

Tom Hanks recently appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!". The two-time Oscar winner plugged his new movie, "Saving Mr. Banks" in which he plays Walt Disney which tells the story about the making of the movie, "Mary Poppins". 

Note: The original video has, since the original post, been removed from its online source. The image below however, was captured from this video.

Kimmel: "What are you guys sing-, are you singing?"

Hanks: "We were singing, 'Let's go fly a kite!' "

Kimmel: "Oh."

Hanks: "That is like, it's like, it's ah, it's the ultimate moment in the, the movie 'Mary Poppins' and it's a huge a moment in our movie and it is the perfect song to sing in order to either cement the mood or change it. Because you can get through anything, good or bad by sing-, breaking out into 'Let's Go Fly A Kite!'....."

During the segment from about 1:07 through 1:12 (coincident with "... moment in the, the movie 'Mary Poppins' and it's a huge a moment in our movie ..."), Hanks reaches for and then scratches just in front of and slightly below his left ear with his left hand about six times. He uses his index finger (forefinger), middle and ring finger of his left (non-dominant) hand.

Most agree Hanks is a pretty good or even an excellent actor. He gets paid handsomely for his theatrics - and yet he cannot pull off even a slight deception in the context of a hyperbolic pun. When Hanks was "just being himself" - even though it was a joking scenario - he could not suppress the facial touching MAP nonverbal (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) which betrays and is highly consistent with lying.

Had the lie been more extreme, Hanks would have with highly probability used his dominant (right) hand.

"Norming" a person's body language behavior during such "little white lies" will provide knowledge benefiting you greatly during moments of lies with higher ramification.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2552: Tom Hanks, the Real Captain Phillips and Recalling the Emotion of Fear

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2159:  Tom Hanks drops the F-bomb on GMA -  Body Language of Fear, Surprise, MAPs and a Bitter Smile

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2400:  One Way Deception Could be Minimized in the Court Room -  O.J. Simpson's in Court

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2033:  Lie Detection, Sergey Lavrov, Russia and Syria

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2581: Syria, Ambassador Robert Ford and a Body Language of Deception

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1907:  Governor Rick Scott tells a Lie
Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2620: President Obama Tells a Couple Fibs - "Norming" Barack's Body Language