On Saturday,in a cold-open sketch on Saturday Evening Dwell, and since then, the skit has been watched greater than 11 million occasions on YouTube. Now Fauci himself is talking out on Pitt’s portrayal — and he is a giant fan.
“I feel he did nice,” Fauci mentioned in an interview with Telemundo’s Un Nuevo Dia. “I am an important fan of Brad Pitt, and that is the rationale why when folks ask me who I want to play me, I point out Brad Pitt, as a result of he is certainly one of my favourite actors.”
Within the skit, Pitt as Fauci interprets a few of President Donald Trump’s statements concerning the coronavirus outbreak. After airing a clip the place Trump says a vaccine may very well be created “comparatively quickly,” Pitt’s Fauci snarks, “Relative to the whole historical past of Earth? Positive, the vaccine’s going to come back actual quick.”
However the actual Dr. Fauci mentioned the NBC present’s jokes have been fairly correct.
“Every little thing (Pitt) mentioned on SNL is what is going on on,” Fauci mentioned within the Telemundo interview. “He did a fairly good job of placing the whole lot collectively.”
The physician additionally praised Pitt for a second when the actor eliminated his wig and stepped out of character to thank not solely Fauci, however others on the entrance traces of the illness.
“I feel he confirmed that he’s actually an aesthetic man when on the finish he took off his hair and thanked me and the entire well being care employees,” Fauci mentioned. “So not solely is he a very nice actor, however he’s really an aesthetic individual.”
Fauci, 79, is head of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments, and has become a pop-culture determine due to his frequent tv appearances.
There’s even Fauci merchandise, and an internet petition urging that he be named Folks journal’s Sexiest Man Alive — a title Pitt has already held. And Pitt’s casting as Fauci made the physician’s personal want come true. Days earlier than the present aired, Fauci joked to CNN that “after all” he’d like to be portrayed by the actor.