Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks prove that they are each other's biggest fans on an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The award-winning actors and co-stars are on a press tour to promote their new movie, The Post, a story of heroic journalism that exposed the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War. Streep and Hanks are expected to earn nominations throughout the awards season because of their performance on the political thriller.
However, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, DeGeneres tested their acting chops and their familiarity with each other's phenomenal bodies of work.
The television host gave Streep and Hanks a challenge. First, she asked the actors which of each other's movies are their favorites. Streep said Sully, Bridge of Spies, and, of course, Forrest Gump. Meanwhile, Hanks mentioned The Devil Wears Prada, Sophie's Choice, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Out of Africa, and The Iron Lady.
"Because you're both brilliant actors, thespians, I'd like to challenge you," DeGeneres said before handing the actors cards that contain famous lines from some of their movies.
Streep was first to take on the challenge, and she was tasked to impersonate Hanks as Forrest Gump. In turn, Hanks gave a shot at becoming the editor-in-chief of a high-end magazine by reciting Miranda Priestly's lines in the familiar monotone from The Devil Wears Prada.
Next, DeGeneres handed Streep a cowboy hat and a line from the movie Toy Story. Hanks praised the three-time Academy Award winner, saying that the impersonation was spot on. Finally, Hanks wore a poofy wig and read lines from The Iron Lady.
'The Post' At The White House
The political thriller released last month came just in time for the current political and social climate in the United States. Both of its lead stars, Streep and Hanks, are staunch critics of President Donald J. Trump.
However, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that 20th Century Fox sent copies of the movie to the White House and Camp David, where the president hosted a summit. Whether the commander-in-chief will watch the movie or not remains to be seen.
The irony of screening The Post in the White House was noticed by many. Producer and director Steven Spielberg admitted that he rushed filming the movie to remind people of the importance of the First Amendment at a time when the president himself attacks the media.
This week, Streep also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she was asked to name her own movies and epically failed. Watch below.