“Saturday Night Live” host Timothée Chalamet took full advantage of his opportunities to promote his latest film, the upcoming movie musical “Wonka,” following the end of the 118-day SAG-AFTRA strike banning actors from doing so , to promote works for the studios. In his opening monologue, he first joked that all he could talk about during the strike was his Martin Scorsese-directed perfume commercial: “When you get the call that Martin Scorsese wants to show you, the first thing you think is, ‘Man, I really hope that it’s a perfume commercial'” – Chalamet then began a song to sing the tune “Pure Imagination” about the strike.
“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of shameless self-promotion – it’s okay, I can say…” the actor cooed before immediately turning to the camera to plug “Wonka’s” premiere on December 15 and to play powering up his co-star Hugh Grant’s “Oompa Loompa Dump Truck.”
Then Chalamet began singing again, mentioning Scorsese’s film “Killers of the Flower Moon” and his own highly anticipated sci-fi epic “Dune: Part Two,” in which Chalamet plays the messianic Paul Atreides. The actors’ strike prompted Warner Bros. to delay the film’s release from November 3 to March 15, thereby eliminating it from this year’s awards season.
After making a joke about AI-generated crowds, Chalamet was interrupted by “SNL” lead Marcello Hernandez for what appeared to be the actor’s original plan for the monologue: a rap duet about the lives of baby-faced femicides: ” I got a baby face, But my hips don’t lie and say I’m a bad boy, bitch, I’m a bad guy. I’m baby-faced but I’m hung like my dad, trust me baby, I’m the best you’ve ever had.” They were eventually joined by Punkie Johnson as Nicki Minaj and Kenan Thompson as himself.