Video: Tom Hanks speed-acts his filmography with James Corden

Tom Hanks has spent the better part of the last 35 years bringing characters to life on the big screen, but just in case you missed his memorable turns in movies like “Forrest Gump,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” it’ll only take seven minutes or so to catch up.

For that you can thank James Corden, the new “The Late Late Show” host who welcomed Hanks as a guest on his inaugural episode Monday evening and costarred in a rapid-fire re-creation of the two-time Oscar winner’s filmography.

The clip, which you can watch above, comprises a steady string of famous lines, goofy blue-screen backgrounds, quick costume changes and self-deprecating gags while name-checking “Big,” “The Money Pit,” “The Road to Perdition” and “Catch Me If You Can,” to name a few. It’s at once charming, impressive (mostly as a reminder of Hanks’ body of work) and a bit self-promotional.

In other words, it would seem to embody the genial, snark-free tack Corden is taking with “The Late Late Show.” Time will tell if that approach — and the show’s Los Angeles location — will endear Corden to Hanks’ fellow A-listers and make “Late Late” a hospitable venue for movie stars.


Hanks, meanwhile, might well be mounting a charm offensive after falling short of an Oscar nomination for his much acclaimed performance in 2013’s “Captain Phillips.” He also starred in the moderately successful “Saving Mr. Banks” around the same time.

The 58-year-old actor has since reloaded with high-profile films, including the Steven Spielberg Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies,” the Dave Eggers adaptation “A Hologram for the King” and the “Angels & Demons” sequel “Inferno.” In other words, don’t be surprised to see more Hanks antics in the coming months.

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