In "Larry Crowne," Tom Hanks plays an quirky, affable character who loses his job and joins a bunch of scooter-riding outcasts enrolled in community college. He ends up falling in love with a teacher played by Julia Roberts, but in real life, he's actually head-over-heels for scooters. 

“Riding in the open air completely alters Larry’s existence," Hanks tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, saying that the vehicle was an integral part of the movie from the beginning.

"If you want to change your life doing one thing that literally alters the way you live your day, ride a scooter to work, man," he adds. That’s why I still have one. I ride it around on a warm, sunny day, puttering around doing errands. I have yet to spend more than $40 in gas on it. I’m on the third tank of gas, and I’ve had it since we wrapped the movie.” 

It's no surprise that Hanks loves using alternative transportation to get around. For a long time, he has been a big believer in efficient vehicles, a current owner of an all-electric Toyota RAV4, and a more recent modified electric Scion xB. "My electric car recently crossed 50,000 miles on the odometer with its original battery but without so much as a splash of gasoline,” he wrote in a letter to the New York Times in 2009. 

Scooters aside, Hanks mentioned in another interview that while he doesn't have much time for television, he does enjoy catching episodes of the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch." 

"They can't cheat on that show," he tells USA Today. "They still have to go out and go after the blueys and the king crabs. I think it is one of the very few reality shows that are actually reality."

"Larry Crowne" opens in theaters everywhere on July 1. A trailer, featuring a scooter-riding Hanks, is featured below:

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