ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

Last night was the premiere episode of James Corden's takeover of The Late Late Show, formerly hosted by Craig Ferguson. An estimated 1.66 million people tuned in to see Corden's first night to see how the somewhat lesser-known, Brit would fare.

His guests for the night included a number of surprise cameos in his opening skit including: Simon Cowell, Joel McHale, Lena Dunham, Billy Crystal, Eddie Redmayne, Chris Rock, Chelsea Handler, and Meryl Streep, among others.

For the main event, Corden spoke with new mom Mila Kunis and the inimitable Tom Hanks.

While Corden sneakily got Kunis to halfway admit to being married to Ashton Kutcher, her longtime boyfriend and father of their child, his time with Hanks involved a 6 minute recap of all of Tom Hanks' films. Check out the hilarious re-enactment below:

Picking Tom Hanks' best roles is nearly impossible in my book, but seeing them broken down like this is a pretty nice retrospective on the Oscar winner's career. Here were some of the best bits of Hanks and Corden's hilarious sketch:

Forrest Gump (1994)

Momma Gump was right, life really is like a box of chocolates. Especially if you eat one box of chocolates a day. Mmmmm, chocolate.

Big (1988)

If you didn't try to memorize this handshake at least once in your life, then you either haven't seen Big or haven't lived properly.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Should James Corden go bleach blonde? My imaginary polls say yes.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

"I think he looks a little bit like Matt Damon!"

A League of Their Own (1992)/You’ve Got Mail (1998)

A seamless transition from Evelyn Gardner to shopgirl, Meg Ryan.

The Polar Express (2004)

That whole uncanny valley business really did make The Polar Express a little uncomfortable.

Catch Me if You Can (2002)

I'm glad that the budget for Catch Me if You Can allowed for more set space than this tiny green screen. Otherwise it would have been a much shorter movie.

Cast Away (2000)


Splash (1984)

Seriously, James, just keep the hair!

Toy Story (1995-2010)

A lovely bit showing the evolution of Woody and Buzz's friendship. From screaming to a duet, these two really nailed it.

If you saw last night's episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden, what did you think? Will you be a regular viewer? If he didn't win you over with his movie montage and duet of "You've Got a Friend in Me" alongside America's sweetheart, Tom Hanks, will he ever? Let me know in the comments section!


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