As Hollywood has a meltdown over the results of the presidential election, legendary actor Tom Hanks has some sobering words for his fellow celebrities.
According to Variety, Hanks was honored Tuesday night by the Museum of Modern Art for his film career, but he turned his acceptance speech into a call for unity:
“We are going to be all right. America has been in worse places than we are at right now. In my own lifetime our streets were in chaos, our generations were fighting each other tooth and nail, and every dinner table ended up being as close to a fist fight as human families will allow.
We have been in a place where we have looked at our leaders and wondered what the hell they were thinking of. We’ve had moments with the administrations and politicians and senators and governors in which we have we’ve asked ourselves ‘Are they lying to us or do they really believe in this?’ That’s all right."
Hanks continued by referencing this “magnificent document,” better known as the Preamble to the Constitution, which calls for people to come together “to form a more perfect union”:
"That document is going to protect us over and over again whether or not our neighbors preserve, protect, and defend it themselves.
We are going to be all right because we constantly get to tell the world who we are. We constantly get to define ourselves as Americans. We do have the greatest country in the world. We move at a slow pace. We have the greatest country in the world because we are always moving towards a more perfect union.
That journey never ceases, it never stops. Sometimes, to quote a Springsteen song, it’s “one step forward, two steps back,” but we still aggregately move forward. We, who are a week into wondering what the hell just happened, will continue to move forward. We have to choose to do so, but we will move forward because if we do not move forward, what is to be said of us?"
The Oscar-award winning actor was also recently selected among President Obama's 21 key figures to be awarded the highest civilian honor in the U.S., the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Hanks honed in on his positive feelings toward our country's future, rather than focus on the nastiness of the election:
“We will take everything that has been handed to us as Americans and we will turn our nation and we will turn the future and we will turn all the work that we have before us into some grand thing of beauty."
The 60-year-old Tinseltown legend also told the Hollywood Reporter he's rooting for Trump to succeed:
“This is the United States of America. We'll go on. There's great like-minded people out there who are Americans first and Republicans or Democrats second. I hope the president-elect does such a great job that I vote for his re-election in four years.”
Hanks's speech was met by a standing ovation from the crowd.