Sunday, April 18, 2010

Robsten Impersonated on SNL

Ryan Phillippe -- still best known as the former Mr. Reese Witherspoon -- was handed hosting duties of Saturday Night Live last night for some reason (apparently Carrot Top was busy?) and rolled out an impersonation of Twilight Saga star Robert Pattinson in a sketch entitled "Mort Mort Feingold: Accountant to the Stars."

The set-up finds Andy Samberg's elderly Feingold giving money advice to everyone from Kristen Wiig's Kate Gosselin and Jason Sudeikis' Mel Gibson to Phillippe's sulky, slouchy, sideburned Pattinson, sitting alongside one of the SNL cast members (Abby Elliott? Jenny Slate? Their separate identities still haven't cohered for me, sorry) as Kristen Stewart.

Not bad, for the most part (and certainly better than Ke$ha's train-wreck musical appearances), but the sight of Phillippe -- whose long string of hits range from 54 and Antitrust to Breach and Stop-Loss -- parodying megawatt Pattinson is a little discombobulating. Then again, with a few more Remember Mes and Little Asheses on his resume, R-Pattz might be hosting SNL and making fun of Justin Bieber any day now.

Why was Phillippe hosting SNL? For the very good reason that he's featured in the forthcoming MacGruber movie, alongside the title character played by SNL's Will Forte and the omnipresent Wiig. That doesn't open until May 21, of course, and little if any attention will be paid Phillippe once it does, but then Lorne Michaels has always had an odd relationship with the concept of synergy.


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