Saturday Night Live just delivered with the best opener ever: Brad Pitt, 56, popped up as Dr. Anthony Fauci in an epic surprise appearance — just two weeks after the real Anthony said Brad would be his “top choice” to play him! “I would like to thank all the older women in America who have sent me supportive, inspiring and sometimes graphic emails,” Brad’s Fauci hilariously began, seated behind a desk in his home office. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the virus, and yes the President has taken some liberties with our guidelines — so tonight I’d like to clarify what he was trying to say,” he went on, cutting to real clips of President Donald Trump‘s recent press conferences — including one about getting a Coronavirus vaccine “relatively soon.”
“Relatively soon is an interesting phrase. Relative to the entire history of Earth? Sure, the vaccine is going to be fast,” Brad’s Fauci reasoned. “But if you’re going to tell a friend you’ll see them ‘relatively soon’ then show up 18 months later, then your friend may be pissed off,” he added, before going on to clarify Trumps comments about available COVID-19 tests.
“I don’t know if I would describe the test as beautiful,” Brad’s Fauci joked. “And when he said everybody can get a test — what he meant was almost no one,” he quipped. “Now there is a rumor that the President is going to be fire me…so yeah, I’m getting fired — but until then, I’m going to be there putting out the facts for everyone listening! And when I hear things like the virus can be cured by the Tide Pod challenge — I’ll be there to say, ‘please don’t!'” he assured.
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Brad then surprisingly broke character as he removed his wig for an inspiring message for the real Dr. Fauci and those working as healthcare professionals. “Thank you for calm and your clarity in this unnerving time,” the Oscar winner said. “And thank you to the medical workers, responders and their families for being on the front lines,” he poignantly added. “And now live — kinda — from all across America, it’s Saturday night!” Brad said, kicking off the 90-minute show.
Anthony Fauci recently revealed that he would love Brad to play him on Saturday Night Live, and it was so sweet to see his dream come true. “I have no idea [about the chances of someone playing me],” he joked on CNN April 10, saying “Brad Pitt, of course” would be his top choice! We can’t wait to see the doctor’s reaction to Brad’s hilarious appearance, which was his first on the NBC series since way back in 1998.
As many Americans remains under a stay-at-home order, the cast of Saturday Night Live delivered their second-ever at-home edition. COVID-19 remained a primary theme throughout the episode, which didn’t waste any time cracking any time at everyone’s lives in quarantine. On the first at-home edition, Tom Hanks, 63, aptly appeared as host just weeks after he recovered from the Coronavirus. Tom and his wife Rita Wilson contracted COVID-19 while overseas in Australia, where he was shooting a movie. “Ever since being diagnosed, I have been more like America’s dad than ever before since no one wants to be around me very long, and I make people uncomfortable,” Tom joked in his opening monologue, shot in his cozy kitchen. “We’re hunkered down just like we all should be — this suit? This suit is the first time I’ve work anything other than sweatpants since March 11th!” he also quipped.