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Dr. Anthony Fauci praises Brad Pitt's portrayal of him on 'Saturday Night Live'

Dr. Fauci says he especially liked how Brad Pitt thanked healthcare workers at the end of the 'Saturday Night Live' sketch.

Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks Brad Pitt did a great job portraying him this weekend on "Saturday Night Live" and especially liked his "classy" shout-out to healthcare workers. 

In an interview on Monday with Telemundo, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said he's a great fan of Brad Pitt, which is why when people ask him who he'd like to play him he's, mentioned Pitt. 

A few weeks ago, Fauci jokingly said he thought the A-list actor should portray him when he was asked to chose between Ben Stiller or Pitt. Fauci's wish came true when a bespectacled Pitt appeared at the start of SNL's second "quarantine edition," with pre-recorded segments at actors’ homes. 

Fauci was especially impressed with how the Oscar-winning actor thanked healthcare workers at the end of the segment. 

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

During the sketch, Pitt, in character as Fauci, tried to recast false assurances and misstatements pitched by President Donald Trump during the pandemic, for instance when Trump said there’d be a COVID-19 vaccine “relatively soon.

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This composite shows Brad Pitt portraying Dr. Anthony Fauci in the second at-home episode of “Saturday Night Live,” alongside the real Dr. Fauci.

“Relatively soon is an interesting phrase. Relative to the entire history of earth? Sure, the vaccine is going to come real fast,” said Pitt’s Fauci, seated at a desk behind a stately bookcase. “But if you were going to tell a friend, ‘I’ll be over relatively soon’ and then showed up a year and a half later, well, your friend may be relatively pissed off.”

When asked by Telemundo whether anything Pitt said on Saturday had crossed Fauci's mind, he said that "everything he said on Saturday is what's going on. I mean, he did a pretty good job of putting everything together." 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.