Brad Pitt earns Emmy nomination for playing Fauci in ‘SNL’

On Tuesday, the actor earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Category for playing Fauci in “Saturday Night Live,” a role that came true after Fauci made a public suggestion for a cast.
Pitt is nominated alongside Luke Kirby (“The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel”), the late Fred Willard (“Modern Family”), Dev Patel (“Modern Love”), Adam Driver (“SNL”) and Eddie Murphy (“SNL “)
Pitt appeared as Fauci in an April episode of the NBC sketch series, which was remotely produced for the last three episodes of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier that month, Fauci, 79, was asked on CNN New Day who he would like to play on “Saturday Night Live,” to which Fauci replied, “Brad Pitt, of course.”

Fauci then enthusiastically praised Pitt’s portrayal during an appearance on Telemundo’s “Un Nuevo Dia”.

“I think he did very well,” he said. “I mean, I’m a big fan of Brad Pitt, and that’s why when people ask me who I’d like to play, I mention Brad Pitt because he’s one of my favorite actors. I think he did a great job.” .

In his appearance as Fauci, Pitt briefly broke the character to deliver a message to the real-life doctor and immunologist and other health professionals who have been guiding the management of the pandemic in the country.

“And to the real Dr. Fauci, thank you for your calm and clarity at this puzzling moment,” Pitt said. “And thanks to the medical workers, first responders and their families for being on the front line.”