Brad Pitt starred as a fact-checking Dr Fauci on Saturday Night Live’s cold open, which ended on a sincere note to thank the doctor who once joked he’d love to be portrayed by the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star.
The comedy sketch show, which returned for another ‘At Home’ virtual version, kicked off with Pitt sitting at a desk dressed as Dr. Anthony Fauci discussing President Trump’s recent comments on coronavirus.
But first, he thanked ‘all the older women who in America who have sent me supportive, inspiring and sometimes graphic emails.’
A clip of Trump claiming COVID-19 vaccines could come ‘relatively soon’ led Pitt’s Fauci to break down what ‘relatively’ meant.
‘Relatively is an interesting phrase,’ Pitt’s Fauci explained.
‘Relative to the entire history of Earth? Sure, the vaccines going to come real fast. But if you were to tell a friend, “I’ll be over relatively soon”, and showed up a year and a half later…
‘Well, your friend may be relatively p*ssed off.’
Pitt’s Fauci then pivoted to Trump’s comments about the coronavirus disappearing one day ‘like a miracle.’
‘A miracle would be great,’ Pitt’s Fauci said.
‘But miracles shouldn’t be plan A. Even Sully tried to land at the airport first.’
Next, Saturday Night Live tackled the issue of COVID-19 testing in country, which has been bogged down by lack of availability and backlogged results.
‘When he said everyone can get a test, what he meant was almost no one,’ Pitt’s Fauci said.
He added that he’d hesitate to call the tests ‘beautiful — unless your idea of “beautiful” is having a cotton swab tickle your brain.’
In response to comments Trump made about injecting disinfectant as a cure to COVID-19, Pitt’s Fauci looked stunned.
‘I know I shouldn’t be touching my face, but…’ Pitt’s Fauci added, face falling into his hands after a clip of Trump played suggesting that UV light inside the body could heal the virus.
The bizarre solution came to light Thursday during a daily briefing.
When speaking with White House officials on Thursday, Trump said: ‘And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute, and is there a way we can do something like that?
‘By injection inside or almost a cleaning. As you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs.
‘So it would be interesting to check that,’ Trump said.
‘So that you’re going to have to use medical doctors. But it sounds interesting to me,’ he said.
Trump received swift backlash from public health experts, the CDC and Twitter users who lambasted him for propping dangerous – and unfounded – cures into the public spotlight.
The White House pushed back at the criticism and said Trump was being ‘very sarcastic’ when he asked officials to consider the disinfectant route.
Pitt’s Fauci also joked about the rumors that Trump was planning to fire the doctor after running a clip where the president assured a reporter that he wouldn’t let him go.
‘Yeah, I’m getting fired,’ he said. ‘But until then, I’m going to be there, putting out the facts for whoever’s listening.
‘And 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.”‘
The sketch ended with Pitt removing his wig and glasses to somberly thank the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and all the other medical staff, working hard during the coronavirus crisis.
‘To the real Dr. Fauci, thank you for your calm and your clarity in this unnerving time,’ Pitt said as himself.
The real Dr. Fauci will undoubtably be delighted with his portrayal on SNL after being previously asked who he would like to play him on the sketch show.
‘Oh, Brad Pitt, of course,’ Fauci joked.
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