Timothée Chalamet’s uproarious SNL monologue, marked by humor, wit, and post-SAG strike revelations, as the Dune star returns to the spotlight.
Timothée Chalamet made a triumphant return to the stage of Saturday Night Live, marking his second stint as the show’s host. During his engaging monologue, he humorously reflected on his first hosting experience amidst the peculiar backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chalamet shared, “In many ways, it feels like my first time because last time, we were in the midst of a pandemic, and I spent the entire week masked up. I even got a new name, courtesy of Lorne Michaels – he kept calling me Winona.”
Chalamet couldn’t help but express his gratitude for the timing of his hosting gig, coinciding with the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike. He quipped, “I do feel lucky to be hosting now that the SAG strike is behind us because until just a couple of days ago, actors were essentially silenced when it came to discussing their movies.”
The Dune star playfully recounted that, during the strike, he could only discuss a commercial he had worked on, directed by none other than Martin Scorsese. He added with a smirk, “When you get a call from Martin Scorsese, your initial thought is, ‘I really hope this is a perfume commercial.'”
As Chalamet’s monologue continued, he seamlessly transitioned into a Willy Wonka persona, breaking into song and gleefully “shamelessly self-promoting” the release of the upcoming Wonka film, set to hit theaters on December 15.
Chalamet extended a warm shoutout to Hugh Grant, who is set to play an Oompa Loompa in the prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He also briefly touched on Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” and the eagerly awaited Dune sequel, in which he plays a prominent role.
Amidst his lively interaction with the audience, Chalamet shared, “After 118 days of pondering AI, it’s a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by real human beings.” He playfully acknowledged the newfound limitations on using AI to artificially inflate crowds in TV shows, eliciting nods of approval from the live audience.
In a creative twist, CGI-generated individuals were playfully showcased as members of the SNL audience, adding an extra layer of humor to Chalamet’s dynamic hosting return.