Dr. Anthony Fauci jokingly said that if any actor were going to portray him on “Saturday Night Live,” he’d want Brad Pitt. ‘SNL’ is a TV show were actors, comedians, and artists get together to perform short, hilarious skits on current, intelligent, and at times ridiculous topics. On Saturday night, Fauci got his wish.
In a surprise appearance, Pitt played Fauci at the opening of Saturday’s “SNL,” which was produced remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Anthony Fauci is an American physician and immunologist. Since January 2020, he has been one of the lead members of the Trump Administration’s White House Corona virus Task Force addressing the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in the United States.
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Brad Pitt is an American actor and film producer. He has received multiple awards, including two Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award for his acting, in addition to another Academy Award and a Prime time Emmy Award as producer under his production company, Plan B Entertainment.
In ‘SNL’ Pitt, as Fauci said, “First, I’d like to thank all the older women in America who have sent me supportive, inspiring and sometimes graphic e-mails.” Pitt’s Fauci then explained there’d been a lot of misinformation out there about coronavirus and that “yes, the President has taken some liberties with our guidelines.” He then said he’d like to explain what President Trump was “trying to say.” “And remember, let’s all keep an open mind,” Pitt’s Fauci said.
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The sketch then proceeded to show clips of Trump talking about the outbreak. The first had Trump saying that the country would have a vaccine “relatively soon.” “Relatively soon is an exciting phrase. Relative to the entire history of earth? Sure, the vaccine is going to come real fast,” Pitt’s Fauci said. “But if you were going to tell a friend, ‘I’ll be over relatively soon’ and then showed up a year and a half later, well, your friend may be relatively pissed off.”
The next clip showed Trump saying that the virus would disappear like a miracle. “A miracle is great. Who doesn’t like miracles,” Pitt quipped. The casting was a significant coup after Fauci joked earlier this month in an interview on CNN that if SNL tapped anyone to play him, he’d like to see Pitt in the role.
Fauci hedged at first, but when pressed by Alisyn Camerota and given a few options, he responded: “Oh, Brad Pitt, of course.” Saturday Night Live aired its first at-home episode on April 12, with the cast connecting on a Zoom call and actor Tom Hanks hosting from his kitchen. The show’s intro was modified, showing cast members in lounge wear in their respective homes, staying indoors amid the coronavirus pandemic.