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Two famous runners — one fictional, one real — crossed paths when Tom Hanks stopped by The Graham Norton Show.

In a recent episode of the British chat show, Hanks recalled all the running he did to prepare for his role in Forrest Gump, and he got a stamp of approval from Olympian Mo Farah.

“My buttocks, as Forrest would say, were as firm as tinned hams,” Hanks recalled fondly.

Farah, the decorated British distance runner, said it’s “amazing what [Hanks] does” and then revealed that people still shout “Run, Forrest, run!” to him while he’s training.

At Norton’s request, Hanks paid tribute to Farah by re-enacting a memorable running-related scene from the 1994 film.

“This is for you, Mo,” Hanks said before slipping into his Gump voice. “Now you wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but I could run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running.”

Watch Hanks channel Gump in the video above.

Forrest Gump
  • Movie
  • 141 minutes
  • Robert Zemeckis