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Tom Hanks adds the only class to SNL's third debate mockery

Technically Incorrect: Tom Hanks is Chris Wallace as he explains that the last presidential debate is just like the third "Lord Of The Rings" movie.

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It's just like the third "Lord Of The Rings" movie.

You don't really want to watch but, hey, you've come this far.

That's how Tom Hanks described the third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

On "Saturday Night Live," Hanks took on the role of Chris Wallace, the excellent Fox News-employed moderator.

A man trying to be reasonable when all around him is insane mayhem.

Some might say this was, therefore, merely a reprise of his role in "Sully."

Naturally, there wasn't much he could do as Kate McKinnon's Clinton and Alec Baldwin's Trump rolled through the lowlights of the real thing.

Babies being torn out of vaginas, bad hombres, supreme respect for women, nasty woman, Trump's sniffing, Clinton's emails and pivoting -- they were all there.

Hanks's Wallace tries to maintain control -- his own and that of the debate.

He even tries to help Trump.

Sadly, the Republican nominee complains that the media is making him look bad by putting everything he says and does on TV.

There's some truth to that, in its own twisted way.

When we look back on this election -- and how many wish they could already do it -- we may find that all the viral satire could never quite compare with the deadly virus that was the real thing.

I fancy many Americans might wish that Hanks himself was running.