The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the 44th premiere of Saturday Night Live.
The show kicked off the new season in a sketch reenacting the roller-coaster—and often confusing—Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.
Thursday and Friday’s testimony involved sexual abuse allegations against the wildly emotional Kavanaugh.
Stepping in to portray the angry and melodramatic Judge Kavanaugh was actor Matt Damon.
Damon is best known for roles in films such as, Good Will Hunting, The Bourne Identity series and Saving Private Ryan. Damon has also shown his comedic chops with an ongoing hysterical “feud” with late night host Jimmy Kimmel.
Watch Damon’s SNL performance here.
Damon’s portrayal was a huge hit on social media.
Matt Damon just crushed it on SNL. That was hilarious.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) September 30, 2018
@RonanFarrow @Alyssa_Milano Matt Damon as raging,sniffing Brett Kavanaugh. He killed it & had me rollin’ on floor laughing when he spurted out “Ronan Sinatra” & “Alyssa Freaking Milano” #SNL #SNLPremiere #SaturdayNightLive https://t.co/pzaT6VSpGB
— LLeigh_Laura (@LeighNYC_Laura) September 30, 2018
Yes he did! pic.twitter.com/5NiVRO0iGn
— Chris Evans USA (@ChrisEvans_USA) September 30, 2018
Though we missed Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer, our man of the moment is Matt Damon as an angry Brett Kavanaugh taking sips of water in between rants. The brother slayed it. #SNLPremiere #SaturdayNightLive #SNL pic.twitter.com/as2U8o166N
— Anthony Romano (@AnthonyRR_90) September 30, 2018
— Kirsten Allison (@KirstenAllison) September 30, 2018
Matt Damon just did to Kavanaugh what Tina Fey did to Sarah Palin. Defined him for posterity
— TBogg – more or less (@tbogg) September 30, 2018
But not everyone was singing Damon’s praises.
Some felt he was not a good choice.
The audience going wild over Matt Damon – who supported Casey Affleck and said problematic things about sexual assault – playing accused sexual assaulter Brett Kavanaugh is making me uncomfortable. #SNL
— Jillian Sederholm (@JillianSed) September 30, 2018
Yeah, agreed. Also Michael Che going in on Kavanaugh when he’s defended Louis CK’s “right” to a comeback disgusted me. I’m really tired of the passes we seem to be willing to give to men, esp for the company they keep/fellow men they’re willing to defend.
— Crazy Middle Class Lacey (@LaceyBanis) September 30, 2018
Yes. I laughed, but squeamishly.
— Cynthia Kelly (@cykelly1718) September 30, 2018
But the overwhelming majority thought the two things were not related.
As Dave Chappell said, we are going to have to accept some flawed men as allies if we want to defeat the really evil ones.
— Mic (@Momadison87) September 30, 2018
What exactly is problematic about saying grabbing someone’s butt, while inappropriate, isn’t the same thing as rape? That’s only problematic to someone who wants to dishonestly conflate those two things.
— Darknook (@DarkNookShop) September 30, 2018
For me, Matt Damon playing BK was a fitting acknowledgement of his past statements ‘re #MeToo. A form of comedic apology.
— justLisa (@justLisaPP) September 30, 2018
Things he has said have nothing to do with his performance as an actor on a COMEDY SHOW.
Get a grip.
— NonToxic (@NonToxicCat) September 30, 2018
Next week, the guest host is actress/comedian Awkwafina with musical guest Travis Scott.