SNL: Brad Pitt plays Dr Anthony Fauci, fact-checks Trump on coronavirus
On the latest Saturday Night Live, Brad Pitt as Dr Anthony Fauci fact checked some of Trump's comments about the coronavirus outbreak. Segment ended with the actor thanking the top US expert for his “calm and clarity in this unnerving time”.
Hollywood star Brad Pitt, in a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live's cold open, played top US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci and discussed President Donald Trump's recent comments on the coronavirus pandemic.
This comes as the expert had once jokingly said that if any actor was going to portray him on "Saturday Night Live," he'd want Brad Pitt.
In a sobering address about the global health crisis, Pitt sitting at a desk dressed as fact-checking Dr Fauci acknowledged that “there has been a lot of misinformation out there about the virus”, and that "yes, the President has taken some liberties with our guidelines".
He then said he'd like to explain what President Trump was "trying to say."
"And remember, let's all keep an open mind," Pitt's Fauci said on the comedy sketch show, which returned for another “At Home” virtual version.
Fauci’s straight talk and willingness to correct Trump’s exaggerations related to the pandemic and the situation in the country has drawn admiration from several people.
Instead of reaching for jokes, the show used its platform to deliver real information about the state of the pandemic. First, Pitt’s Dr Fauci 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 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."
"A miracle would be great! Who doesn't love miracles? But miracles shouldn't be Plan A," Pitt's Fauci said. "Even (Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger) tried to land at the airport first."
He then said that unless he's fired he will be there to put out the facts to anyone who's listening.
"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," Pitt's Fauci added.
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.
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.
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 thank Dr Fauci, and all the other medical staff, working hard during the coronavirus crisis.
"And to the real Dr Fauci, thank you for your calm and your clarity in this unnerving time," the actor said. "And thank you to the medical workers, first responders and their families for being on the front line."