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This week’s Saturday Night Live featured two smart men ready to play dumb.
Host Josh Brolin made it known that after doing films such as No Country for Old Men and True Grit, he was happy to be on SNL, a place where he could be dumb. “Really, really dumb.” To tease his less serious side, Brolin brought out Jay Pharoah to play Will Smith. The two previewed Brolin’s upcoming Men in Black 3, with Pharoah likely correctly foreseeing a few lines that will be in the sequel.
Steven Spielberg, too, was ready to dumb things down and made a cameo to pitch a project to SNL creator Lorne Michaels. Spielberg’s homemade looking Laser Cats 7 stars Andy Samberg and Bill Hader, and is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which radiation has enabled cats to shoot lasers out of their mouths. Or something. Michaels hates the idea, but Spielberg isn’t deterred.
Musical guest Gotye not only gave perhaps the strongest musical performance of the season, he also starred in one of the evening’s better sketches. Samberg and Taran Killam invade Gotye’s room to profess their fandom. Things get creepy when the pair refuse to leave and begin imitating the living paintings in the video for Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
The episode also saw Samberg play a 13-year-old consultant for HBO’s A Game of Thrones in a sketch which, once and for all, explains why there is so much nudity in a show ostensibly about swordplay and political intrigue.
SNL is new May 5 with host Eli Manning and musical guest Rihanna.
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