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If you want to see Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks act their tails off in roles that will probably score them another gold statue or two for their formidable mantles, go see The Post. If you want to see them put on silly wigs, giggle, and gamely try to recreate each other’s most iconic roles, watch the above video.

Appearing in tandem on Ellen, the pair were asked to name which of their cohort’s performances they loved the most before Degeneres pulled a quick one from her bag of tricks. Streep opted for a subdued take on Forrest Gump’s “box of chocolates,” while Hanks seemed to relish the opportunity to play the villainous Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada. (Seriously, why doesn’t Hanks play more villains?)


For round two, Degeneres proved that, yes, the most famous, capable actors of our generation can also be humiliated, by plopping a cowboy hat on Streep and a giant wig on Hanks for their turns as Toy Story’s Woody and Margaret Thatcher, respectively. Again, Hanks seems extremely comfortable in that thing, which is apparently the very wig Streep wore in the film (that she recognized it makes her even more impressive).

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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