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Dr. Anthony Fauci Commends "Classy" Brad Pitt's Impersonation Of Him On SNL

Fauci praised Pitt’s impersonation of him in a cold open sketch during an interview with Telemundo’s “Un Nuevo Dia.”

The nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, got his wish over the weekend with a dashing portrayal by Brad Pitt — and he liked it.

During an interview with Telemundo’s "Un Nuevo Dia" on Monday, Fauci praised Pitt’s impersonation of him in a cold open sketch on SNL. 

"I’m a great 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," said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "He’s one of my favorite actors."

In the three-minute sketch that aired on April 25, Pitt alluded to the fanfare for Fauci, whose security was ramped up earlier this month as his profile has risen. 

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During the skit, Pitt referenced the widespread misinformation about the coronavirus and said, "The President has taken some liberties with our guidelines," before launching into a fact-check of Trump’s claims at coronavirus task force briefings. Pitt was also aghast when shown footage of President Donald Trump’s comments last week about the possibility of injecting disinfectant into coronavirus patients.

In early April, Fauci was asked during a CNN interview who should play him on SNL, and he jokingly picked Pitt. After the SNL portrayal, Fauci called Pitt a "classy guy."

"I think he showed that he is really a classy guy when at the end he took off his hair and thanked me and all of the health care workers," Fauci said. "So not only is he a really great actor, but he is actually a classy person."

For more on Fauci, watch our biography on his illustrious career.