Tom Hanks: I've Given Up Weight-Gain Roles
Tom Hanks has insisted he remains in "very good health" after revealing he has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
The actor is in the UK for the world premiere of his new film, Captain Phillips, the true story of a US container ship captain who was held hostage by Somali pirates in 2009.
The screening in London marks the start of the 57th BFI London Film Festival, with the film being shown simultaneously in 30 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland.
Speaking about his diabetes, Hanks told Sky News he would no longer take on roles that required him to lose or gain weight.
"I'd given up playing with my weight long ago," he said.
"Not because of my blood sugar, but because my knees could not take any more of those 60lb weight gains."
"I've got stuff I need to maintain, but then we have all got to maintain the temple, babe."
The Forrest Gump star also leads the cast of Saving Mr Banks - a film about the making of Mary Poppins - that will mark the close of the festival.
"This is one of the most important international film festivals in the world, in arguably one of the most important cities in the world," he said.
"It's loaded with both the most knowledgeable and, therefore, most merciless audience known to man. So it's a good place to try to conquer and survive," Hanks explained.
A total of 369 films will premiere at a range of venues across the capital over the course of the 12-day event.
Previous films selected for the London Film Festival include Slumdog Millionaire, Argo, The King's Speech and The Artist - all of which went on to win Oscars.