Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are two of the most beloved, accomplished and talented actors working today. They have five Oscars between them and each is responsible for some truly iconic characters in film history. There is no Woody without Tom Hanks and there is no Miranda Priestly without Meryl Streep. These are two masters of their craft, but are they skilled enough actors to play each other's most famous characters? Can Meryl Streep out everyman Tom Hanks, and can Tom Hanks out-Streep The Streep? That's exactly what the two actors find out in the video below.
It's good to see that these distinguished actors can still have fun and look silly on television. That is basically a requirement for talk shows nowadays, so it's cool to see them go for it. I especially like Tom Hanks going all in to become Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada. His mannerisms here are great. And while the voice isn't exact, Meryl Streep's Woody is quite funny and animated. What's neat about this is that even in these brief little snippets, you can see that these two are going to be much better at impersonations than the average Joe. The cadence of their voices and the physical expressions of the characters are something that just comes naturally to them, and they can emulate on the spot.
On The Ellen Show, the host also asks the actors which of their co-stars roles were their favorites. It says something about their tenure and the memorable roles that they have inhabited that the choices are so many. While this is an off-the-cuff answer, it's fun to hear what these insanely talented actors think of each other's work. Respect from one's peers is the most rewarding, especially when that peer is one of the best actors on the planet. Meryl Streep seems to favor Tom Hanks' recent work and many people's go-to, Forrest Gump. I'm more of a Turner & Hooch and Saving Private Ryan man myself, but she probably knows better than me. As far as Tom Hanks' favorite Meryl Steep role, the actor cites The Devil Wears Prada and Sophie's Choice, the latter of which won the actress her second Oscar.
You can currently catch these two pillars of the industry on screen together in The Post. Steven Spielberg's latest film is a defense of journalism that is based on a true story surrounding the Pentagon Papers. The two actors are staples of awards season and both have already garnered consideration for their work in the film. Surprisingly, this is the first time that Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep have worked together and the latter's first time being directed by Steven Spielberg. If our review is any indication, this long-awaited collaboration does not disappoint. The Post is already in limited release, but it opens wide this Friday, January 12. For all the latest in actors acting, keep it here on CinemaBlend.