Dr. Anthony Fauci On Brad Pitt Being Nominated For Emmy For Playing Him On ‘SNL’: ‘It Doesn’t Go To My Head’
“It doesn’t go to my head,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Control told the Associated Press, saying that he has more important things to pay attention to on a day-to-day basis.
“The only thing I could say it’s somewhat surrealistic. I don’t get distracted by that, I really have to really focus like a laser beam on the things that I’m responsible for,” Fauci said before adding that the nomination for Pitt’s portrayal of him was “interesting” and “strange.”
“It doesn’t go to my head”: Dr. Anthony Fauci reacts to Brad Pitt being nominated for an Emmy for playing him on “SNL.” pic.twitter.com/0r4DNR20iM
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) July 29, 2020
Pitt was nominated for playing Fauci in a sketch, after the COVID-19 task force expert joked that he would want the handsome actor to play him. Fauci had been pleased with the actor’s performance in April, saying “he did great,” and saying that Pitt’s serious tone at the end of sketch showed he was a “classy guy.”
In the final moments of the sketch, Pitt took off his wig and glasses in a serious moment and thanked Fauci, saying, “And to the real Dr. Fauci: Thank you for your calm and your clarity at this unnerving time. Thank you to the medical workers, first responders, and their families for being on the front line.”
“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.”