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Brad Pitt nominated for an Emmy for portrayal of Dr. Fauci on ‘SNL’


Brad Pitt has been nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s leading experts on infectious diseases, on “Saturday Night Live” earlier this year.

According to CNN, the actor was nominated for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for the portrayal. Other actors nominated in the same category include Eddie Murphy, Adam Driver, Luke Kirby, Dev Patel and Fred Willard, who died in May.

The nomination comes several months after Pitt impersonated the expert in a brief skit on the show in April.

During his portrayal, Pitt took aim at President Trump as Fauci over past remarks he made about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In the skit, the actor says Trump “has taken some liberties with our guidelines” before remarks the president made about the outbreak play. Pitt as Fauci responds by offering his own explanation on “what the president was trying to say.” 

In one clip, Trump could be seen saying he thinks a vaccine for the virus would be coming “relatively soon.”

“Relatively soon is an interesting phrase,” Pitt goes on to say as Fauci. “Relative to the entire history of Earth? Sure, the vaccine is going to come real fast. But if you were going to tell a friend, ‘I’ll be over relatively soon’ and then showed up a year and a half later, well, your friend may be relatively pissed off.”

Another clip then plays of Trump saying the virus was “going to disappear” one day, like “a miracle.”

“A miracle would be great!” Pitt says as Fauci shortly after. “Who doesn’t love miracles? But miracles shouldn’t be Plan A.” 

Pitt’s portrayal of Fauci at the time came several weeks after the official suggested the actor play him during an appearance on CNN

Days after his portrayal, Fauci heaped praise on Pitt, saying, “I think he did great.” 

“I mean, I’m a big 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 added.

Tags Anthony Fauci Anthony Fauci Brad Pitt Coronavirus COVID-19 Donald Trump Emmy Awards Saturday Night Live SNL White House coronavirus task force

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