Brad Pitt's Emmy Nomination for 'SNL' Impersonation Is 'Surrealistic,' Fauci Says

Lizzy Buczak
July 31, 2020 - 10:51 am
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    Brad Pitt’s impression of Dr. Anthony Fauci on “Saturday Night” was so good, it was worthy of an award… an Emmy to be exact.

    Following the actor's nomination, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases congratulated him, but admitted that his priorities were focused on the pandemic.

    "It doesn't go to my head," Fauci told the Associated Press, per the Hollywood Reporter, on Thursday.

    "It's somewhat surrealistic," Fauci added. "I think it's interesting and a little bit strange.”

    The White House adviser isn't allowing the fame to derail him from the task at hand: taming the coronavirus pandemic.

    "I don't get distracted by that. I really have to focus like a laser beam on the things that I'm responsible for," he said.

    The Oscar-winning actor channeled the doctor for “SNL”s second socially distanced episode in April, just a few weeks after Fauci admitted that he’d way “Brad Pitt, of course,” to play him in a skit.

    Pitt nailed Fauci’s signature raspy voice and hand gestures while addressing sex, his symbol status and debunking claims from President Trump.

    “There’s been a lot of misinformation out there about the virus and yes the President has taken some liberties with our guidelines. So tonight, I would like to explain what the President was trying to say,” Pitt-as-Fauci began in his sketch.

    Despite his dedication to taming COVID-19, Fauci commended Pitt on the performance after it aired and said he was a fan of how he was portrayed.

    "I think he did great,” Fauci said. “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 favorite actors. I think he did a great job."

    Pitt broke character at the end of the cold read to thank all the frontline workers including the man who inspired his work.

    “And 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,” Pitt said.

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