Tom Hanks is a man of many faces and he demonstrated that talent in the latest episode of Saturday Night Live. The veteran actor perfectly captured the country's social climate in the wake of the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Hanks put his own spin on the third presidential debate as moderator Chris Wallace and shut it down in a hilarious "Black Jeopardy" skit where he played a cliche, white, Donald Trump supporter.
The Chris Wallace impersonation was spot on for SNL's third presidential debate skit. Although Hanks played Wallace as the straight man, never really breaking from the Fox host's deadpan and steady delivery, it was still great to see him act the role. Hanks somehow managed to capture Wallace's stoic nature, but also replicated the moderator's facial expressions of disbelief and frustration during the third presidential debate.
Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump also delivered one of the most hilarious debate skits of the election. At one point McKinnon, as Clinton, told Hanks, "Listen, Chris, I'm glad you raised this topic because what two better people are there to talk about women's issues? Me, a woman, who has had a child and taken birth control and him, a man who is a child and whose face is birth control."
Hanks didn't break character or laugh once during his impersonation of Wallace, but it was difficult not to. Alec Baldwin continued to deliver a very realistic Donald Trump impersonation and even discussed the Republican presidential candidate's visit to Mexico. "I have personally met with the Mexican president, I forget his name, I think it was something like Mr. Guacamole. I'm sorry, excuse me, Senor Guacamole," Baldwin said as Trump, "I also met his beautiful wife Tequita and their twin children Chips and Salsa."
One of the best moments of Hanks performance was in response to Trump's comment that, "No one has more respect for women than I do." During the actual debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Wallace had to silence the crowd's laughter in response to Trump's statement.
SNL took that laughter and expanded it even further. The skit showed a satellite image of the Earth laughing at Trump's ridiculous line. Hank delivered the reprimand, "All right, settle down. Settle down, entire planet," in a perfect Wallace voice.
However, Hanks didn't play the straight man the entire time. Later on in the SNL episode, the Bridge of Spies actor got to tap into his inner goofball. During a "Black Jeopardy" segment Hanks played Doug, a Trump supporter with a "Make America Great Again" hat and a mighty american eagle T-shirt.
As Entertainment Weekly reported, Hanks' Doug character actually had a surprising amount in common with the black contestants on the show, to the surprise of host Darnell Hayes (Keenan Thompson) and contestants Keeley (Sasheer Zamata) and Shanice (Leslie Jones).
Hanks did a great Trump supporter parody without being over the top or even outright insulting. The answers Hanks delivered said all he needed to say about the mentality of hardcore Trump supporters. During one question under the "They Out Here Sayin'" category where the answer was "They out here sayin' that every vote counts," Hanks replied to the question, "They already decide who wins even before it happens," echoing Trump's claims that the election is rigged and the election is a set up. Hanks somehow managed to deliver the lines with a straight face and complete belief in his statement.
Although Hanks' Trump supporter shtick was totally believable, it may have been a little too perfect. Doug hit a spot of trouble during the last round of "Black Jeopardy" when the category "Lives Matter" was introduced. Hanks said he had a lot to say on the subject, but host Keenan Thompson dismissed the right-winger by saying "It was nice knowing you Doug."
This was Tom Hanks' ninth time hosting SNL and he did not disappoint. The Toy Story actor always delivers performances that stick in your mind and skits that remain relevant. Hopefully Hanks will continue to host SNL even when it's not an election year.
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