When you look at the variety of roles he has played, there is no doubt that Tom Hanks is one of the most versatile actors currently working. He has been everything from a castaway to an airline captain, with appearances as a gangster and an astronaut to boot. But the popular performer took on a completely different role on the October 22 edition of Saturday Night Live, and he pretty much nailed it.
Hanks played the role of “Doug,” a contestant on “Black Jeopardy.” But his character wasn’t just some random white guy on a show aimed at a black audience. “Doug” is a Donald Trump supporter.
Host Darnell Hayes, played by Kenan Thompson, introduces the contestants: Keely (Sasheer Zamata), Shanice (Leslie Jones), and Doug. Middle-aged white dude Doug, in his “Make America Great Again” hat, eagle and flag t-shirt, and denim jacket looks like he wandered into the wrong studio while looking for a taping of Hannity.
When Thompson introduces the categories, it looks like Doug may be in for a difficult time. Those categories include: “Big Girls,” “Mmm…I Don’t Know,” “You Better,” “I’m Gonna Pray On This,” “They Out Here Saying,” and “White People.” Doug’s buzzer is silent through the first two questions, but then the contestants get this: “They out here saying the new iPhone wants your thumbprint ‘for your protection.'”
Doug is all over that one. “What is, ‘I don’t think so, that’s how they get ya,'” Hanks says.
Thompson looks shocked. “Yes!” he says. “That’s it!” Keely and Shanice nod their approval.
That question gets Doug loosened up, and he’s in the game. He gets his next chance with this one: “They out here saying that every vote counts.”
Doug buzzes in and says, “What is ‘come on, they already decided who wins, even before it happens.'”
That’s just the beginning of one of SNL’s best skits in recent weeks. Hanks has the Trump campaign talking points down, and of course his portrayal of a middle-aged Trump voter is spot-on, as you would expect. Doug does pretty well for himself, right up until the point where Thompson announces the Final Jeopardy category — “Lives That Matter.” Doug’s look says he might have a little trouble with that one.
Here’s the hilarious skit, via YouTube:
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