To start Saturday Night LiveTimothée Chalamet remixed “Pure Imagination”, the iconic song from 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factoryto celebrate the end of the 118-day actors’ strike and to be able to talk about his film projects again.
During his opening monologue, the actor, who is set to star in the upcoming film Wonka, said he felt lucky to be hosting after the SAG-AFTRA strike ended. The union reached a tentative agreement with studios and streamers earlier in the week.
“Until two days ago, and I know this is what we were all thinking, actors couldn’t talk about their films,” he said. “The only thing I was allowed to talk about was that I had a commercial coming up. It’s an advertisement for a perfume, directed by Martin Scorsese.
“Now let me tell you, when you get that call that Martin Scorsese wants to direct you, the first thing you think of is a man. I really hope it’s a perfume commercial.” , joked Chalamet.
But since the strike ended, “it’s like we’re all going back to this magical world where actors can talk about their projects again,” the actor said as the melody of “Pure Imagination” began to play .
“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of shameless self-promotion,” Chalamet sings, referencing the song’s original lyrics with a twist. “It’s good, I can say… that my new film Wonka hits theaters on December 15.
He continued to sing, “If you want to see a 3 1/2 hour movie, go see Flower Moon Killersor just wait for the second part of Dune. Just make sure before using the bathroom.
Chalamet then sat in the audience to talk about how “refreshing” it was “to be here among real human beings” after spending 118 days thinking about artificial intelligence, as it was one key points of SAG-AFTRA contract negotiations.
“But thanks to the new SAG deal, TV shows can’t just use AI to make a crowd seem bigger than it actually is. Isn’t that true, people in the stands? he asked as the screen showed strangely AI-generated people sitting in the stands.
Chalamet continued: “Look, the really important thing is the return of America’s favorite industry: Hollywood. »
But as he begins to sing again, SNL Actor Marcello Hernandez interrupts Chalamet on stage to remind the actor of all the things they have in common, including their baby faces. The duo begins to rap on a song “I got a baby face”. Punkie Johnson as Nicki Minaj and Kenan Thompson as himself also later joined in to rap.
Later SNLdifferent celebrities auditioned to voice the audiobook of Britney Spears’ new memoir The woman in me. Although Academy Award-nominated actress Michelle Williams is the actual voice reading the audiobook, some SNL actors doing celebrity impressions jumped at the chance to audition during the pre-recorded sketch.
Chloe Fineman’s Spears kicked off the segment, while other stars prepared for their audition to become the popstar’s book reader, including Heidi Gardner’s Allison Janney, Chloe Fineman’s Chalamet, Steve-O by Mikey Day, Scorsese by Chalamet, John Mulaney by Sarah Sherman, Molly Kearney by Kevin James, Natasha Lyonne by Fineman, Fred Schneider by Bowen Yang, Julia Fox by Fineman, Jada Pinkett Smith by Ego Nwodim and more.
The November 11 episode was Chalamet’s second time hosting the sketch comedy show, and he was joined by musical guest, Boygenius.