Tom Hanks surprised viewers - and himself - after he accidently let a swear word slip during a live appearance Friday on "Good Morning America."
Hanks said the f-word during an interview on the ABC morning show, after anchor Elizabeth Vargas asked him to speak in his character's British accent from the movie "Cloud Atlas."
"Mostly, it's swear words," Hanks warned, but Vargas told him to go ahead anyway.
He began speaking in the accent, but the obscenity was clearly audible. Both Vargas and Hanks immediately covered their mouths in shock. (TMZ has posted video of the interview, with the obscenity bleeped out.)
A stunned Vargas quickly said, "We are so sorry, 'Good Morning America."'
"Man oh man, I'm sorry," Hanks added. "I slipped into a brand of acting. I have never done that before. I want to apologize to the kids in America that are watching this right now, and let me say next time on the show there will be a seven-second delay."
ABC removed it for subsequent feeds of the show in the Midwest and West.
Hanks apologized again later Friday on Twitter:
For GMA, spesh kowtow for Lizzie V for WHAT DID I JUST SAY??? Oops!In character!Sorry!Hanx-- Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) October 19, 2012