WATCH: Brad Pitt Portrays Anthony Fauci On SNL

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April 26, 2020 - 2:23 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Brad Pitt played Dr. Anthony Fauci on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, poking fun during the cold open at the top doc's sex symbol status and at Trump's suggestion that bleach may rid the body of coronavirus.

Fauci is a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,

“First, I’d like to thank all the older women in America who have sent me supportive, inspiring, and sometimes graphic emails,” Pitt’s Fauci began. “Now, there’s been a lot of misinformation out there about the virus. And, yes, the president has taken some liberties with our guidelines. So tonight, I would like to explain what the president was trying to say. And, remember, let’s all keep an open mind.” 

A bespectacled Pitt, speaking in Fauci’s raspy voice, tried to recast false assurances and misstatements pitched by President Donald Trump during the pandemic, for instance when Trump said there’d be a COVID-19 vaccine “relatively soon. ”

“Relatively soon is an interesting phrase. Relative to the entire history of earth? Sure, the vaccine is going to come real fast,” said Pitt’s Fauci, seated at a desk behind a stately bookcase. “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.”

Pitt’s depiction followed a Fauci interview on CNN when he jokingly said he thought Pitt should portray him when he was asked to chose between Ben Stiller or Pitt. The cold open also featured Trump’s far-fetched statements earlier this week about disinfectant and light being studied in the fight against the virus.

“When I hear things like the virus can be cured if everyone takes the Tide Pod Challenge, I’ll be there to say, ‘Please don’t,’” said Pitt’s Fauci, before he broke character, took off his wig and paid tribute to Fauci and thanked him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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