By Raisa Bruner
October 25, 2016

Getting older isn’t easy—not even for a mega-watt star like Tom Hanks.

In a charming skit on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show Monday night, Hanks took a look back at his cinematic past (in this case, the classic movie Big) and sought out the means to turn back time in a conversation with the fortune-telling machine Zoltar, played by a straight-faced Colbert, of course.

“What can the all-knowing do for you?” the heavily-bearded Colbert-as-Zoltar asks once he has been discovered and brought to life in a dusty storeroom.

“Well Zoltar, last time we met, I was a 13-year-old boy who wanted to be older,” Hanks begins, outlining the plot of Big. “And I woke up the next morning as a 30-year-old man.”

“But don’t you remember the heart-warming lesson you learned last time?” Zoltar intones.

“Yeah. I learned that being older isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be, a lesson I’m constantly learning every day at my age,” Hanks says, a little peevishly. After some haggling (the Inferno actor’s eternal soul is not, it turns out, for sale), he agrees to take a look at Zoltar’s Big 2 screenplay in exchange for the gift of youth.

Watch the amusing exchange above.

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