NEW YORK (AP) – Brad Pitt portrayed Dr. Anthony Fauci in the second at-home episode of â€œSaturday Night Live,â€ that featured musical guest Miley Cyrus, an Adam Sandler cameo and plenty of disinfectant jokes.
A bespectacled Pitt, speaking in Fauciâ€™s raspy voice, tried to recast false assurances and misstatements pitched by President Donald Trump during the pandemic, for instance when Trump said thereâ€™d be a COVID-19 vaccine â€œrelatively soon. â€
â€œRelatively soon is an interesting phrase. Relative to the entire history of earth? Sure, the vaccine is going to come real fast,â€ said Pittâ€™s Fauci, seated at a desk behind a stately bookcase. â€œBut if you were going to tell a friend, â€˜Iâ€™ll be over relatively soonâ€™ and then showed up a year and a half later, well, your friend may be relatively pissed off.â€
The episode was the showâ€™s second â€œquarantine edition,â€ with pre-recorded segments at actorsâ€™ homes delving into the frustrations and touchstones of quarantine life, but, of course, with an SNL twist.
Sandler and Pete Davidson teamed up to mock being cooped up with family for a musical duet called â€œStuck In The House,” another sketch featured a Zoom version of â€œLaw and Orderâ€ and another poked fun at zealous fitness moved online during the pandemic with one boasting of â€œeating cleanâ€ by preparing a â€œClorox juice” cleanse.
Cyrus, sitting fireside with a guitar, performed Pink Floydâ€™s â€œWish You Were Here.â€
Pittâ€™s depiction followed a Fauci interview on CNN when he jokingly said he thought Pitt should portray him when he was asked to chose between Ben Stiller or Pitt. The cold open also featured Trumpâ€™s far-fetched statements earlier this week about disinfectant and light being studied in the fight against the virus.
â€œWhen I hear things like the virus can be cured if everyone takes the Tide Pod Challenge, Iâ€™ll be there to say, â€˜Please donâ€™t,â€™â€ said Pittâ€™s Fauci, before he broke character, took off his wig and paid tribute to Fauci and thanked him.
There also were jabs at Trump’s battle with governors in an outdoors segment with Cecily Strong as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has blasted Trump’s handling of the pandemic. Strong’s Whitmer urged continued social distancing.
â€œWeâ€™re not out of the woods yet,â€ she said, gesturing to her surroundings. â€œWe never will be. We live in Michigan.â€