VIDEO: Tom Hanks Makes Broadway Debut in Last Nora Ephron Play

Tom Hanks made his Broadway debut in "Lucky Guy", the late Nora Ephron's final play Monday night.

After the official opening Hanks seemed thrilled by the experience.

 

"It's a blast, you know? Is that allowed, can I say that? It's more fun than fun should be. It's hard work, you know you don't take that lightly. And it requires a certain amount of stamina," said Hanks.

Hanks portrays tabloid journalist Mike McAlary, who won a Pulitzer Prize covering New York police scandals and lurid crimes for the Daily News and New York Post. McAlary was a hard-drinking, hard-living reporter who died young, at 41, from cancer in 1998.

Hanks had a long collaboration with Ephron, including hit films such as "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail." Ephron died in June at the age of 71 of complications from leukemia. Hanks and wife Rita Wilson spoke at her memorial service.

For the role, Hanks is sporting a thick dark mustache, and said he isn't sure if his wife, likes it or not.

"She is keeping that such a deep dark secret - I do not know. I predict I will find out the day I shave it off," he joked.

In its first week of previews, the play took in more $1 million, along the lines of hits such as "The Book of Mormon," "The Lion King" and "Wicked."

Lucky Guy will be on Broadway for a limited engagement.