Tom Hanks hits back at 'hoax' endorsement of cannabis products

Tom Hanks has been forced to shut down rumours of cannabis endorsement.
Tom Hanks has been forced to shut down rumours of cannabis endorsement. Photo credit: Getty

Hollywood icon Tom Hanks has hit back at a cannabis company using the Forrest Gump star in a phoney endorsement for its CBD products.

The two-time Oscar winner took to social media on Tuesday (local time) to dispel any rumours of his association with 'CannaPro CBD'. 

"This is false and an intentional hoax," the 63-year-old wrote, alongside a screengrab of the fake endorsement.

"I've never said this and would never make such an endorsement. Come on, man!"

The company boasts an image of Hanks, taken during the promotion of his 2016 film Sully, alongside a sham nod of approval.

"The advances Doctor Oz has made in the CBD industry are remarkable. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't had the chance to try it out for myself. After using the CannaPro CBD for two weeks I was already feeling like a new me," the website attributes to Hanks.

The quote appears to be a template for fake celebrity endorsements, with Hanks shutting down an almost identical recommendation praising "Tony" and "Cali Naturals" for their CBD products in July.

"Fraud! Internet fake! Just so you know," Hanks captioned a screengrab of the webpage.

Earlier this month, the 63-year-old was honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his enduring impact on the film industry during the Golden Globes.

His latest film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, opens in New Zealand cinemas on January 23.