Yes, that's his rap name, now revealed on a track making its rounds online -- a song celebrating the wild party life at (wha?) Northwestern University.
The track, "White and Purple," a remix of Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow," celebrates the wild nights students spend smoking pot in Evanston:
I'm livin' college life
Homie, tell the world it's mine ...
White kicks, purple kush
This is college:
hittin' blunts after hittin' books
"Any kids really living the college life can relate to it," Hanks, 21, said in an interview today with the NU student newspaper. "I don't think it's something that should cause anybody to be angry or offend anyone."
The younger Hanks is a sophomore theater major at NU, due to graduate in 2013, where he says he likes to "chill" at the Pi Kappa Alpha frat house.
Before anyone goes tsk-tsk-ing him, however, remember that prior to maturing into one of America's most respected and level-headed actors, Tom Hanks was introduced to the popular culture by saving his own privates as a cross-dresser and a hardcore party animal. "I'm not my dad. I am my own person," Chet Hanks claims, but maybe the rapper doesn't fall that far from the Forrest, after all.