The star of Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan made the trip to watch Villa play against Portland Timbers on Tuesday, and spent time talking with Lambert, who he says "will bring wisdom and confidence to Villa Park".
"I am really excited about Paul Lambert," Hanks told the Birmingham Mail.
"I knew all about him coming in. I was working in London just recently and was told about Paul. I was told it's going to be very exciting. He will bring wisdom and confidence to Villa Park. I am looking forward to it.
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"I met Bob Stephenson about three years ago. He knows all things Villa and we have compared notes on Villa back then and we have taken it from there.
"We sweat for Villa! I was going to wear my Villa jersey in Portland, but I didn't want to offend the host team."