Over the course of a month, Dr. Anthony Fauci has surpassed Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and Dr. Nick as one of television's most recognized doctors. That's mainly due to his role in America's response to the coronavirus pandemic, which requires him to be present and at White House briefings and make appearances on countless news shows. This means it's only a matter of time before Dr. Fauci is parodied on Saturday Night Live, but which celebrity could portray him?
Well, if Dr. Fauci has a say in the matter, he wouldn't mind seeing Brad Pitt. The doctor signaled his interest in a Pitt portrayal on SNL while doing a segment on CNN's New Day. Take a look:
Before anyone hauls off and calls Dr. Anthony Fauci vain or anything, it should be noted he was only given the option between Ben Stiller and Brad Pitt. Sure, Fauci probably briefly imagined Stiller striking a "Blue Steel" look during a skit where his parodied self was part of a White House press briefing, but who wouldn't pick Brad Pitt?
Those presented with more than two options, however, have other stars who they believe would make a good Dr. Fauci. Saturday Night Live veteran David Spade had a suggestion which, if acted on, would bring another treasured former cast member of the show back to the sketch show.
Other suggestions on the web ranged from Martin Short, to even Saturday Night Live's Bernie Sanders impersonator Larry David. There is a laundry list of celebrities who would be perfect for the show and, on SNL's end, all it would really take is a Zoom call to make it happen.
There's even a chance Dr. Anthony Fauci could appear on the show as well, provided he can find the time in his schedule. With that said, his current boss isn't the biggest fan of Saturday Night Live, so emails sent from Lorne Michaels to Fauci's email could go unanswered until a later date.
While those emails may or may not be going out, audiences are widely accepting of Saturday Night Live's at-home comeback on Saturday, April 11. The episode featured an opening monologue from Tom Hanks (who had contracted coronavirus but has since been on the mend), performances, and sketches done from the cast who are all quarantined for the time being. The episode had a lot of heart and, while it may not go down as one of the funniest episodes the series has ever done, it will certainly go down as one of the most memorable.
Saturday Night Live airs on NBC, even in the most harrowing of circumstances. Continue to stick with CinemaBlend in the coming weeks to see what other television surprises are on the way, and for a look at what other shows may be held up while America waits for the end of the coronavirus pandemic.