Brad Pitt made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend - and much to coronavirus expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci's delight.
According to CNN, the lead member of the White House coronavirus task force and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, actually said he hoped, if it ever came down to it, that the actor would play him. On CNN's New Day earlier in the month, host Alisyn Camerota said: "Here are some suggestions that I've heard. Ben Stiller, Brad Pitt. Which one?" to which he responded: "Oh, Brad Pitt, of course."
Well, for SNL's cold open on Saturday, Brad Pitt began: "Good evening, I'm Dr. Anthony Fauci. First, I'd like to thank all the older women in America who have sent me supportive, inspiring and sometimes graphic e-mails."
According to The Guardian, the 56-year-old then went on to address "misinformation" about the virus and a few promises made by President Donald Trump about a vaccine which would become available "relatively soon".
"Relatively soon is an interesting 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," he said.
And on the virus that will "disappear" like a "miracle", according to Trump, Brad's Dr. Fauci said: "A miracle would be great! Who doesn't love miracles? But miracles shouldn't be Plan A. Even Sully (Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger) tried to land at the airport first."
After addressing a few more of Trump's statements that left him dumbstruck, he removed his wig and glasses and gave a personal message: "To the real Dr. Fauci, thank you for your calm and your clarity in this unnerving time. And thank you to the medical workers, first responders and their families for being on the front line."
He ended his intro, with a slightly different take on the usual SNL opening saying: "And now, live, kinda, from all across America, it's Saturday night."
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Dr. Fauci watched the clip and told Telemundo's Un Nuevo Dia he thought "he did great", reports Entertainment Weekly. "I'm a great fan of Brad Pitt, and that's the reason why when people ask me who I would like to play me, I mention Brad Pitt. He's one of my favourite actors," he said.
"I think he showed that he is really a classy guy when at the end he took off his hair and thanked me and all of the health care workers," he added. "So not only is he a really great actor, but he is actually a classy person."