“As somebody who’s gone through this and knows firsthand this is not a hoax, how do you feel when you see people not wearing masks out there?” Colbert asked him.

“Are they Americans?” Hanks asked. “You know, I don’t get it.” He said it’s “literally the least you can do” to wear a mask, wash your hands and try to stay 6 feet away from a person. “Is this impossible now?”

“I think of George Washington’s troops at Valley Forge,” Hanks continued. “If you asked them to wear a mask, they would love it because it would keep them a little bit warm. And they would have washed their hands if the snows were not freezing. They would have been happy to do that.”