Tom Hanks Helps Man Propose to Girlfriend During Q&A Session

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During a Q&A session with Tom Hanks on his book tour, a Texas man took the opportunity to ask an unexpected question – not to the Forrest Gump actor, but to his girlfriend.

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Following Hanks’ discussion about his new short fiction series “Uncommon Type” at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, he picked audience member Ryan McFarling to ask a question.

After asking his girlfriend Nikki Young, “Will you marry me?” Hanks brought the couple on stage to make it official.

“He told me I didn’t have to say yes if I didn’t want to,” Young joked in an interview with “Tom Hanks is truly Mr. Nice Guy.”

The San Antonio couple explained they had been dating for about a year, and were gifted a set of tickets to the sold out event.

After McFarling popped the question, Young hardly had a chance to answer.

“There were no words,” McFarling said. “She was overtaken by emotion at that point.”

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Young said thanks to Hank’s involvement, “we get to live a real-life romantic comedy,” and hopes the actor will accept their invitation to their wedding.

And, quoting her favorite Hanks character, Young said, “Relationships – it’s like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get."

Motioning toward her husband-to-be, she added: "I got the coolest, tastiest chocolate, right here."