Bobby Moynihan says Hanks initially 'thought it was very bizarre'


The secret history of David S. Pumpkins continues to unfold.

In an interview with Seth Meyers on Wednesday night, former Saturday Night Live castmember Bobby Moynihan confirmed that there were many doubts surrounding the breakout character played by Tom Hanks. The gist of it: Hanks wasn’t sure he was the guy to play the role. Instead, he suggested to producers that Chris Hemsworth — who was scheduled to host the next week’s episode — was a better option.

“Tom Hanks, in-between dress and air: not a fan of the sketch, thought it was very bizarre,” Moynihan explained of the bit that he thought up with Mikey Day. “[He] was like, ‘Hey, I think Chris Hemsworth would make a great David Pumpkins.’”

Hanks debuted David S. Pumpkins in the “Haunted Elevator” sketch on the show’s Oct. 22 episode and later received an Emmy nod for his performance. The character was an instant viral sensation, even inspiring a Halloween clothing suggestion pool. (According to Moynihan, the suit was a $12.99 Party City purchase.) Hanks hinted at the character’s return last week with a coy script tease — an indication, at the very least, that he’s finally willing to embrace the power of the Pumpkins.

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Saturday Night Live - Season 42

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