first_imgHANKS FOR MEETING ME! SHAY WITH ACTOR TOMYOU just know he was awestruck – you can see it in this picture.For most people meeting Shay Given is a star-studded experience.But when Shay met Tom Hanks in America, you could see the Donegal man was blown away. In fact Shay described this moment thus: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”Actor Hanks attended a match between Aston Villa and US team Portland Timbers at their home stadium in Portland, Oregon.We’re not sure if Shay is a heavy metal fan – but he also got to meet legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Geezer Butler.But he does know Hanks is a Villa fan and was even given the chance to give Shay and his fellow players a team talk before kick-off! Said the double Oscar winner: “I don’t know what to say to guys before they go out and play a match! I know it’s a friendly match, but I think all those guys were thinking, ‘Man, I better play good today otherwise I’m not going to get much playing time later on in this season.’ So they’re all under a lot of pressure – I don’t know what they need a chucklehead like me down there for! But (they’re) nice guys… anytime they’ll put up with me, I appreciate their patience.”The game ended at 2-2, but Aston Villa went on to win 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out.Lifford man Shay is looking forward to Premiership season which kicks off in just three weeks. HANKS FOR THE MEMORIES – SHAY GETS TO MEET ACTOR TOM was last modified: August 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more