Hollywood stars Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg paid a surprise visit to the White House press corps on Thursday after being hosted by President Barack Obama.

 Hanks was keen to check up on an espresso machine he gave the journalists years ago. USA-PACIFIC/

“You know, you’re supposed to clean this after every use,” Hanks chided after inspecting the machine, a much-loved and well-used article by reporters cooped up in the press center.

The Hollywood pair earlier attended a White House preview of HBO’s new World War Two series “The Pacific” and then nipped across to the West Wing to check out Hanks’ gift — something Spielberg said he had to see with his own eyes to believe.

“How is it holding up? Do you need another one?” Hanks asked the reporters. “I’m going to get you another espresso machine … Let me see what I can do for the poor slobs of the Fourth Estate here,” he said.