Tom Hanks and Jimmy Fallon

This weekend brings the latest drama from Steven Spielberg, the Cold War-set Bridge of Spies, marking the director’s fourth collaboration with Tom Hanks. The filmmaker and star have both been making the publicity rounds to get butts in seats at theaters this weekend, and as usual, Hanks had some fun on the late night circuit with Jimmy Fallon.

Over on The Tonight Show, the recurring segment Kid Theater made a return with Tom Hanks and Jimmy Fallon acting out Bridge of Spies as written by kids. All the little tykes were given was the title of the movie, and Hanks and Fallon act out a short script of whatever the kids thought the movie was about based on that. It’s adorable and hilarious.

Here’s Kid Theater Bridge of Spies from The Tonight Show:

The title is perfect for literal-minded kids to craft nonsensical stories. I love that the first interpretation, written by an 8-year-old, is basically the same conversation a child might have with another about joining their secret clubhouse or something like that. I imagine that kid doesn’t have a lot of patience for questions, but he already knows how to put in a good plot twist!

Then the second version of Bridge of Spies from a 7-year-old takes it in a completely different direction, and he has quite a surprising knack for comedy as a guy named Joe keeps mistaking his girlfriend of 8 years, Margaret, for his brother Tim. The Bridge of Spies is just a topic of conversation for this quirky relationship.

Finally, there’s a wonderful lesson to be learned about spies and friendship in the final interpretation of Bridge of Spies, making for a most touching bromance, at least until yet another plot twist is revealed. Classic spy stuff.

What this video really makes me think though is how great it would be to see Tom Hanks get back into comedy again. The actor has tackled some movies with comedic elements over the past couple decades, but with the exception of the Toy Story franchise, the only straight-up comedy Hanks did recently was Larry Crowne, and that wasn’t particularly funny. Before that he had a small role in The Great Buck Howard, but it was nothing to write home about. So someone needs to get Hanks to have some fun again on the big screen.

Otherwise, you can catch him getting dramatic again in Bridge of Spies, in theaters now.

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