"I'm gonna go with imitation is the sincerest form of flattery approach! Tom does that on the set once in a while, he sneaked it in a couple of times, and he actually emailed me and he said, 'Brace yourself, Ron! I'm doing a whole sketch as you! It's irresistible!' I got a huge kick out of it, I will admit that." Ron Howard was tickled by his longtime collaborator Tom Hanks' impression of the filmmaker on last weekend's Saturday Night Live, which the actor hosted.