Making a Splash: The impact of the 1984 mermaid film
What’s so Special about Splash?
Splash made quite a splash in 1984 when it was released. There were a number of reasons like the fact that it launched the career of one of Hollywood’s highest grossing actors, or that a production label was created to release it or that it made a mark in cinema during its opening week.
Launching Tom Hanks
In the 1980s Tom Hanks was a relatively small-time actor starring in the TV sitcom Bosom Buddies. The show was about two single men working in the advertising industry who disguise themselves as women in order to rent an apartment they could afford.
The show ran from 1980 – 1982. However, it was Hank’s guest appearance in an episode of Happy Days that caught the eye of director Ron Howard.
He had been impressed with Hanks’ performance in Happy Days and Bosom Buddies that he decided to cast the relatively unknown actor as the protagonist in Splash. The rest, we know, is history.