When asked which actor Dr. Anthony Fauci wanted to play him, the physician said, “Brad Pitt.” And during Saturday Night live’s second at-home episode Saturday, Pitt did just that.
By: Cami Mondeaux
The at-home episode had a lot going on: with the Brad Pitt cold open, musical guest Miley Cyrus an Adam Sandler cameo — and plenty of jokes about curing coronavirus with disinfectants.
The show opens with Brad Pitt portraying Dr. Anthony Fauci, replaying moments from President Donald Trump’s daily briefings and poking fun at some of the ambiguities. Putting on his best Fauci raspy voice, Pitt attempts to explain some misstatements — like receiving a COVID-19 vaccine “relatively soon.”
“Relatively soon is an interesting phrase. Relative to the entire history of earth? Sure, the vaccine is going to come real fast,” said Pitt’s Fauci, seated at a desk behind a stately bookcase. “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.”
Pitt’s depiction came after Fauci was interviewed by CNN, where he jokingly said he wanted the actor to portray him when he was asked to choose between Pitt or Ben Stiller.
“When I hear things like the virus can be cured if everyone takes the Tide Pod Challenge, I’ll be there to say, ‘Please don’t,’” said Pitt’s Fauci, before he broke character, took off his wig and paid tribute to Fauci and thanked him.
The show was the second episode produced entirely from the cast’s and crew’s homes. It featured several pre-recorded segments delving into the frustrations of quarantine life — but with their famous SNL humor.
One sketch featured a “Law and Order” Zoom call, while others poked fun at new fitness routines and videos being practiced during the pandemic.
The show features a musical guest each week, with Miley Cyrus grabbing her guitar and performing Pink Flyod’s “With You Were Here.”