If you’re Saturday Night Live‘s Chris Redd and Pete Davidson and you have a chance to work with someone you’ve grown up respecting and idolizing, there’s only one way to celebrate: a tribute rap (duh). That’s exactly what the pair did, enlisting the vocal stylings of fellow cast member Melissa Villaseñor (in a great turn) to serenade SNL legend Bill Hader ahead of his hosting duties this weekend.
Just a little advice to Redd and Davidson for next time? You might want to run some of it by Hader first – just to be sure – as you can see below (or if there’s a problem, at the SNL link here):
Saturday Night Live returns this Saturday night, March 17, with Hader (HBO’s Barry) as host and musical guest Arcade Fire.
BARRY is a dark comedy starring Bill Hader in the title role of a depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest who falls in love with acting while on a job in LA. Barry’s handler, Fuches (Stephen Root), hires him out to the violent Chechen mob in Los Angeles, led by Goran Pazar (Glenn Fleshler) and his right-hand man, Noho Hank (Anthony Carrigan).
Barry’s target: an aspiring actor who is having an affair with Pazar’s wife. Barry follows his “mark” into an acting class taught by beloved teacher/guru Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler), and is instantly drawn to the group of students, particularly Sally (Sarah Goldberg). Although he wants to start a new life in this community of eager hopefuls, Barry’s criminal past won’t let him walk away. Can he find a way to balance the two worlds?
In a 2016 interview with Hazlitt, Hader explained that for him the best stories are ones that can take the seemingly bland and mundane and blend it into something unexpectedly imaginative:
“When you watch movies, and you grow up on movies, you kind of have a set amount of attitudes and behaviors that you see played on screen. And when you read non -fiction, or watch some sort of documentary, it gives you a whole set of behaviors that people usually don’t play with because they might seem totally implausible or insane—or it might just be deemed uninteresting to people backing movies, you know what I mean?
But I mean, sometimes that’s the truth. Sometimes people do something completely unrelatable, or act without conscience. And I like people who just go, ‘Well that’s the truth!’ Whatever you say about it, that’s the truth about the situation, and you can say that for people from Chekhov, to Martin Scorsese, to the South Park guys. They’re all just trying to get at, like, ‘Say what you will—but that’s the truth.’”
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