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Chet Hanks gave a wild imitation of Heath Ledger’s Joker character during an interview that had nothing to do with The Dark Knight.
The son of beloved actor Tom Hanks appeared on the late-night talk show Ziwe, hosted by comedian Ziwe Fumudoh.
During a segment about his fitness app, the controversial rapper took a moment to channel his inner Clown Prince of Crime.
Look, it’s safe to say he did not inherit his father’s incredible acting chops.
i asked chet hanks about his fitness app and somehow we ended up at his joker impression pic.twitter.com/00QB1aXjqA— ziwe (@ziwe) May 12, 2022
When asked about plans for his fitness app, the rapper responded: “I don’t really have any plans; I’m like the Joker.”
Hanks then slipped into his best version of Heath Ledger's infamous role and began twitching and tensing while saying: “I’m like a dog chasing cars; I wouldn’t know what to do with it if I got it.”
Ziwe looked pretty spooked by the random lines, but that didn't deter Hanks. He continued: “Oh Batman, you complete me.
“My father was a drinker and a fiend.”
The 31-year-old bizarrely concluded his impersonation: “Yeah, R.I.P Heath, G.O.A.T.”
Ziwe, like all of us, was literally speechless by the Joker impersonation and the crew was heard cracking up in fits of laughter.
Hanks then jumped into a Denzel Washington impersonation from the film American Gangster while reciting the lines: “They tried to kill my wife.”
The host interrupted him and told him not ‘impersonate black men’.
She added: “Did you ever feel like you’re decimating black people when you do s**t like that?”
Hanks took a big sip from his water bottle and said: “Not at all.”
“Not at all? You feel like you’re honouring them?” Ziwe replied.
Hanks defended this query, saying: “I don’t feel like I’m doing anything. I feel like I’m just doing an impression.”
But this wasn’t the first time Ziwe called out Tom Hanks’ son.
The talk-show host also asked Hanks if he felt the need to apologise to any marginalised communities, especially the patois community, after videos surfaced of him mimicking their accent.
i asked chet hanks if he wanted to apologize to any marginalized communities pic.twitter.com/EEzD9VrtNs— ziwe (@ziwe) May 6, 2022
Hanks shook his head before saying: “Nah.”
He added: “I don't think I’ve done anything truly offensive.”
A visibly stunned Ziwe then asked: “You don’t see it as cultural appropriation? You see it as a celebration of culture? And like social justice warriors can like go kick rocks.”
“Yeah,” he said.
Hanks then added: “I 100 per cent agree. Social justice warriors can kick rocks.”
Ahh, Tom Hanks graced us with Cast Away, The Green Mile and Saving Private Ryan; meanwhile, Chet gave us ‘White Boy Summer’ (big sigh).