Of all the memorable characters Tom Hanks has portrayed over his illustrious career, David S. Pumpkins is at the top of the list for many fans. But it turns out, the Oscar-winning actor really didn’t want to do the Saturday Night Live sketch.
Former castmember Bobby Moynihan told Seth Meyers on NBC’s Late Night on Wednesday that Hanks didn’t quite understand the goofy haunted house bit when they were working on it almost a year ago, and he tried to talk his way of it.
“Tom Hanks, in between dress and air — not a fan of the sketch,” Moynihan told the Late Night host. “He thought it was very bizarre and was like, ‘Hey, I think Chris Hemsworth [the following week’s host] would make a great David Pumpkins.’ But now he is very happy with it.”
Hanks should be happy with it. The sketch went viral the following morning, and costume shops couldn’t keep the character’s jack-o’-lantern suit on the shelves. The official SNL YouTube video now has more than 8.3 million views.
Moynihan co-wrote the skit and played one of Pumpkins’ sidekick skeletons.
“We got that for $12.99 at Party City,” Moynihan said of picking out the random costume. “The next day there was a Comic-Con somewhere, and there already were David S. Pumpkins and skeletons everywhere.”
Hanks has reprised the role once on SNL, and it is a safe bet the character will make another return on this season’s Halloween episode.
Watch Moynihan talk about the character and the original bit below.