When things are tough, look no further than Tom Hanks for a pep talk

By Stephanie Petit
Updated October 23, 2016 11:17 AM

When things are tough, look no further than Tom Hanks for an inspirational heart-to-heart.

The 60-year-old actor returned to host Saturday Night Live for the ninth time this weekend, kicking the show off by embodying his role as “America’s Dad.” He trades in his suit jacket for a cozy sweater and gives the nation a much-needed pre-election pep talk.

Speaking to America as if he was talking to his son, Hanks talks about America’s “rough year.” But the Hollywood legend assures the country, “You’re gonna be fine.”

“Remember when you went through that depression? This is nothing,” he says.

Like any good dad, Hanks makes sure to check in on the financial situation, but informs he can’t help out because “if I do, you’re never going to learn” and also “I don’t have $19 trillion.”


The Inferno star ends the inspirational chat by urging the country to pick itself up, dust itself off “and go show the world what else you can stuff inside a pizza crust.”

Later in the night, Hanks reprised his role as Hudson River hero Chesley Sullenberger. In the sketch, Sully is displeased about being the flight’s back-up pilot to Alec Baldwin‘s character.

“Have you seen Sully?” the famed pilot asks his colleague. “It’s about me.”

Watch the hilarious clip above.

Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays (11:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.