Entertainment blogger BlogXilla tested whether Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, the stars of Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” are worthy of a “black card” when he interviewed them recently during a press junket for the film. But only one of them was able to pass the blogger’s test of their knowledge of black culture.
It was the person raised in Oakland.
Hanks, who graduated from Skyline High School, relied on his upbringing in the Town when BlogXilla asked him and Allen about spades.
They were given a scenario where they were playing spades against two people who have been “talking crap the whole game,” but they and their imaginary spades partner both only have “four and a possible.”
“What do you do?” BlogXilla asked. “Do you bid nine, or do you bid 10, go wheels and go all out for it?”
Hanks instantly shook his head, shrugged his shoulders and said, “Ten. Go all out.”
Allen’s answer was just as resolute, but he wasn’t game: “I’ve been working Vegas for 30 years. I don’t gamble. I don’t play cards.”
That’s when Hanks really started to flex his knowledge of trick-taking card games and started talking about growing up in Oakland (which was 34.5 percent black in 1970, when Hanks was 14, but was 24.3 percent black in 2018, according to the U.S. Census).
“There’s not really money necessarily involved in spades, it’s just cred,” he said. “I throw deep, baby. I go deep.”
Allen, who admitted, “I don’t know what you guys are talking about,” offered to go get coffee while Hanks finished the interview. Hanks was incredulous at Allen, asking if him if he had really never played spades before.
“Now when I was in Oakland, California, we all played whist,” Hanks said before imitating how Oaklanders would throw down cards back in his day. “Kids were playing whist, man. But that’s like a version of spades.”