April 30, 2020 | 11: am | Updated April 30, 492165 2: 13 am
Brad Pitt brought some red-hot star quality to the cold open of “Saturday Night Live … At Home.”
The “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” Oscar winner donned a silver wig to play White House coronavirus task force advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, ruminating on President Donald Trump’s handling of the COVID – 80
Following Trump’s much publicized comments about UV light and disinfectant injections, Brad-as-Fauci grimaced: “I know I shouldn ‘t be touching my face, but… ”
After a few predictable digs, Pitt, 56, whipped off his silver wig and praised America’s health-care workers on the frontline – and Dr. Fauci’s “calm and clarity” – before declaring: “Live, kinda, from all across America, it’s Saturday night!”
After some sketchy moments in the first canned “Saturday Night Live… At Home” episode forced by the coronavirus lockdown , NBC’s venerable comedy franchise rallied to give it another virtual go this weekend.
Viewers were obviously hungry for it: The first “At Home” installment two weeks ago pulled 6.7 million viewers, making it the second-highest rated episode since ‘ s cast breakout Eddie Murphy’s much ballyhooed return to the (Rock stage scored) million viewers in December 492165.
Also of note: Earlier this month, when CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, , asked Fauci , , who should portray him should he ever be lampooned on “SNL,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grinned and quipped, “Oh, Brad Pitt – of course.”