No time to die, but plenty of time for sketch comedy, apparently: Daniel Craig made several surprise appearances during Rami Malek’s “Saturday Night Live” animated debut over the weekend.
Given that the two shared relatively little screen time in the latest James Bond film, the co-stars may have had some unfinished business, as Craig faced Malek again – this time for the role of Prince. in a very nonexistent Jordan Peele biopic.
In the skit, Malek first appears alongside Kenan Thompson, both in a duel wearing Prince outfits. The two, playing themselves, audition for the film while Peele (Chris Redd) and the casting directors (Punkie Johnson and Ego Nwodim) watch in appreciation.
Both impressions of Prince are unquestionably terrible, but the group ultimately decides that Thompson is right for the role. “I’m sorry,” Peele said of Redd. “I don’t think I can choose a White to play Prince. “
“But my parents are from Egypt, aren’t they? And it’s in Africa, ”Malek replies. “Doesn’t Prince, like, transcend race?” “
And just like that, Craig, also playing a wacky version of himself, walks into the room to steal the role from under them both. Clearly misunderstanding the mission, the British actor is disguised as a full-fledged medieval prince instead of the legendary R&B artist, but he auditions anyway.
After a few guitar hits and a major charm offensive from Craig, the skit ends with Peele telling the actor, “It was bad, but you’re James Bond, so you got the part. “
Craig also appeared in a subsequent sketch alongside Cecily Strong, the two playing a couple attending a performance of European singer (or… something) Angelo (new star player Aristotle Athari). Soon, Malek, as avant-garde “Todd” performer, joins Angelo on stage to present increasingly bizarre improvised dance moves.
Craig has hosted “Saturday Night Live” twice, most recently in March 2020 before the release of “No Time to Die,” which finally came out this month after being delayed for a long time by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But this weekend was Malek’s first time at bat, and the two co-stars celebrated as such, with the “Bohemian Rhapsody” actor jumping into Craig’s arms during the show’s final moments.