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Major Hollywood Actor Salutes Veterans Who Stormed World War II Memorial

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"We should all have access to our national monuments and parks. It's as simple as that."

Tom Hanks poses for photographers as he walks the red carpet at a screening for the movie "Captain Phillips" at the Newseum, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Washington. (Photo: AP)

Hollywood actor, producer, writer, and director Tom Hanks was asked at the premiere of "Captain Phillips" on Wednesday what thinks about the "government shutdown."

An outspoken supporter of President Obama in the past, the actor responded: "I don't have any take on it. I don't know what's going on. I don't understand. It seems to me that people are elected to do just the opposite, but here we are..."

At that point, the reporter asked Hanks what he thought about the World War II memorial being shut down.  Hanks -- who helped raise the funds needed to complete the memorial -- seemed unaware that the veterans had been forbidden to enter.

When he heard they broke through the blockades, Hanks said: "Good for the veterans. Good.  Go see it. They - we should all have access to them all the time...How did they -- did they assault it with helicopters? Landing craft? Bust through in a jeep?  How did they do it, exactly?"

The reporter said: "I think they actually had some help from congressmen."

"Good," Hanks said.  "...We should all have access to our national monuments and parks. It's as simple as that."

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