Saturday Night Live has reunited with its new Joe Biden, after the Democratic presidential candidate was portrayed by three different people throughout the 45th season.
Long-running NBC sketch comedy has asked Jim Carrey to play the former U.S. Vice President, who seeks to bring “ energy and strength ” to his portrayal.
“ Jim Carrey is going to do Biden, ” Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels revealed in an interview with cast Vulture, 48 days before the Nov. 3 election.
Saturday Night Live chose Jim Carrey to play Joe Biden, after the Democratic presidential candidate was played by three different people throughout SNL’s 45th season
The 75-year-old Emmy Award-winning producer noted that the 58-year-old comedian initially expressed interest in the role and joked “ with any luck ” that his performance would be “ funny. ”.
“There was some interest on his part. And then we responded, obviously, positively. But it boiled down to discussions about the decision to be taken, ”he added.
“ I’m so angry about this, I was sure they would bring the Sudeikis back, ” noted former Barack Obama editor Jon Favreau (Jason Sudeikis seen on the far right)
Michaels also confirmed that Alec Baldwin will be returning as President Donald Trump, Maya Rudolph will play Kamala Harris, and actor Beck Bennett will play Vice President Mike Pence.
Carrey replaces Woody Harrelson, who played Biden last season, and Jason Sudeikis, who held the role of politician throughout the Obama administration.
The political overhaul disappointed some fans, who flocked to Twitter to voice their opinions.
“I’m so angry about it, I was sure they would bring the Sudeikis back,” noted former Barack Obama editor Jon Favreau.
Bittersweet news: Carrey replaces Woody Harrelson, who played Biden last season, and Jason Sudeikis, who held the role of politician throughout the Obama administration
The announcement comes after it was revealed earlier this week that SNL would not have a studio audience present when the cameras launch its 46th season next month.
Production insiders told TMZ the show would go on indefinitely without a studio audience present amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Insiders told the outlet that NBC comedy mainstay officials were looking for potential filming locations around New York and New Jersey that could provide more space for social distancing precautions than the show’s base. Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center.
The show will also integrate the remote site Zoom for celebrity appearances, as it did earlier this year when Tom Hanks, Larry David and Brad Pitt appeared on it.
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Make adjustments: Saturday Night Live will not have a studio audience present when the cameras launch its 46th season next month
A small production team will be on hand to work on the series, sources said at the outlet.
The popular variety show initially halted production at Studio 8H – like almost all Hollywood productions – midway through shutdown six months ago, and has since aired with Zoom for celebrity guests.
The current cast of the series, which last aired on May 9, includes Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson and Melissa Villaseñor.
In addition, three other cast members have been added: Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson and Andrew Dismukes.
Saturday Night Live is scheduled to return on October 3.
Back for more: Maya Rudolph, who left the series full-time in 2007, is expected to appear more playing the running mate, Senator Kamala Harris. She was pictured in New York last year