Adele’s ‘Hello’ gets comical and serious performances on Saturday Night Live

22 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Matthew McConaughey hosts SNL: Talk about it here.

Saturday will mark his first return to Studio 8H since 2003, when the Dixie Chicks performed as musical guest and McConaughey had just released How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Since then, he’s left the romcoms behind, and post-McConaissance, he’s taken to more dramatic roles, like Rust Cohle in True Detective and himself in those philosophical Lincoln ads.

While he doesn’t have any big movies coming up this holiday season, he’ll next appear in Gus Van Sant’s drama The Sea of Trees, about a man who travels to Japan’s Suicide Forest, and the Civil War drama The Free State of Jones. Taran Killam’s version is one of the best impressions in his arsenal, whether he’s dissecting True Detective with Woody Harrelson, riffing on McConaughey’s offbeat Oscar speech, or humming the Inspector Gadget theme song. Coming out on stage for his first time hosting in 14 years, McConaughey began by saying that it had been a busy week working on sketches with the “SNL” regulars. And when Jim Carrey hosted last October, his take on those Lincoln ads (complete with eyes-closed driving) went on to become the most-viewed SNL sketch on YouTube. But,” he promises, “I’m pretty sure everything is going to be okay, okay, okay.” Flashing a signature McConaughey grin, the “Interstellar” star pulled in the crowd as if he was just a friendly guy who’d sat down next to them at the bar. “Let me tell you the origin story of what you thought I was going to say.” What followed was a tale centering on his very first film role: The underwritten but hugely popular part of Wooderson in “Dazed and Confused.” As the actor recalls, he met director Richard Linklater in the early ’90’s, landed the part, then realized he only had three lines. “But one of those lines is what I like to call ‘A Launchpad Line’,” he explains. “A launchpad line is a line that, if the character really believes it, then I feel like I can write a whole book on this character.” After explaining his almost-as-famous “they stay the same age!” quote from the 1993 film classic, he then talks about the scene where Wooderson picks up Cynthia, played by Marissa Ribisi. “I’m not supposed to work [that day] … but [Linklater] asked me ‘Do you think Wooderson would try to pick up on the red-headed intellectual?’” “Next thing I know, I’m in a car getting ready to shoot the first scene of my screen-acting career, unscripted,” he grins. “Am I nervous?

SNL did show off dueling impressions just two weeks ago, when Darrell Hammond and Killam imitated Donald Trump, so they’re unlikely to do that again any time soon, but a surprise Carrey appearance is still a possibility. Damn right.” “Well, I’m in my ’70’s Chevelle, so that’s one,” he explains before referencing scene-stealing actor Rory Cochrane. “I got Slater driving shotgun, so I’m definitely getting high — that’s two.” “And we got Ted Nugent playing ‘Stranglehold‘ on the 8-track, so that’s three,” he says. “At this point, I hear over the intercom ‘Action!’” “I look up across the drive-thru at this red-headed intellectual, and I say to myself ‘Buddy, you got three out of four,” he finishes. “Alright, alright, alright!”

McConaughey isn’t the only returning guest: Adele is saying “Hello” again to SNL, and she’s set to perform songs from her new album, 25, which dropped Friday. Adele first took to the stage at 30 Rock back in 2008, when Josh Brolin hosted and the real Sarah Palin stopped by to confront Lorne Michaels about Tina Fey’s “Caribou Barbie” impression. It was one of SNL’s most-watched episodes ever, and the day after Adele gave her tender performance of “Chasing Pavements,” her debut album, 19, jumped to the very top of the iTunes charts.

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