Tom Hanks reprises ‘SNL’ Halloween character David S. Pumpkins during surprise sketch
There are only two ways for an American actor to look in their late thirties: either he’s been in a war or he’s been in love.
Which would you rather have?
“That’s a tough one,” actor Tom Hanks said. “I mean, I’ve met some guys that said, ‘That’s what I’m doing.’ The other ones said, ‘I’ve never been in love. Never been in love.’”
A few days after he came out publicly as a gay man, Hanks was in the East Village to host “SNL”’s annual “Weekend Update” segment. And he decided to give us some comic relief. He brought along Pumpkins, the evil king of the world, from a few minutes prior.
“I’m not kidding on this,” he said. “They’re so scary!”
“Oh, I know,” Hanks said. “We’re looking at your big, evil eyes and big, evil smile.”
Pumpkins (pronounced POO-kes) appeared on-stage with a new hat and a pair of sunglasses to help hide his eyes. He had a long goatee, but you could hardly see it through the long, silver wig he wore.
When the show went to commercial, he appeared again, only to go back into his costume and return to the stage. “If I were really that scary, I wouldn’t have to wait for a commercial,” Hanks joked.
Pumpkins did one more sketch. And it wasn’t on-camera, so you had to go see the sketch. In fact, it wasn