Over the course of the last few months, Saturday Night Live has experienced an insane resurgence in popularity and relevance. The sketch series has embraced political satire with an intensity not seen since Will Ferrell regularly lampooned George W. Bush, and its humorous take on the Trump administration has resonated with a good percentage of audiences. Between Alec Baldwin's regular portrayal of the President and Melissa McCarthy's recent take on Press Secretary Sean Spicer, it's obvious that everyone has become fair game. Now it appears that Rosie O'Donnell wants to get in on the action by playing Donald Trump's Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon. Check out her new Twitter profile picture below to see for yourself.
Notice something slightly off in Rosie O'Donnell's Twitter profile? It looks like the actress/comedian photoshopped herself onto a picture of Mr. Bannon for one of the most double-take inducing photos that you will see all day. While I'm sure the final product would look somewhat different from this piece of concept art, I have to admit that the resemblance is almost uncanny. Rosie O'Donnell has made no secret of the fact that she's already willing to portray Steve Bannon on Saturday Night Live, and while she has not been confirmed to appear yet, there seems to be a great sense of enthusiasm from some corners for it to happen.
Of course, as many of you know, Saturday Night Live already has a depiction of Steve Bannon that makes regular appearances. This version of Bannon doesn't bear any real physical resemblance to the man, as it's simply a member of the cast wearing a Grim Reaper costume. Such a depiction (while funny) isn't the most sustainable recurring character, so bringing Rosie O'Donnell into the fold could represent the next evolution of the character on the series.
If Rosie O'Donnell eventually signs on to portray Steve Bannon on Saturday Night Live, it will mark her first time on the series in quite a while. Although she has hosted the show twice, she has not made an appearance on the sketch comedy series in over twenty years -- if you don't count Horatio Sanz and Bobby Moynihan's respective impersonations of her. Given the strength of the writing on SNL's recent politically charged sketches, we think she will probably be able to dust off her comedic chops with incredible ease. The Trump and Spicer impersonations are already nearly perfect; let's see what Ms. O'Donnell can do with Steve Bannon.
We will keep you up to date regarding whether or not Rosie O'Donnell will portray Steve Bannon on Saturday Night Live. Alec Baldwin will take over the hosting duties this Saturday at 11:30 p.m. EST on NBC, so we can rest assured knowing that the Donald Trump impression will make an appearance.
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