A great deal of attention was given to the 44th season premiere of Saturday Night Live, and for good reason: Matt Damon crushed it as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Now, the choice to have Damon play the part seems a perfect casting choice, but it was actually a last minute decision by co-head writer Colin Jost that pulled it all together.
Vulture is reporting Damon (Good Will Hunting, Bourne Identity and Saving Private Ryan), was asked after midnight on Friday, and agreed to play the part. He then jumped on a plane at 4 am Saturday morning and flew from his home in California to New York to perform the skit that night. Talk about dedication!
In case you missed the skit, check it out below.
Amazing they pulled it together so fast.
It was reportedly Colin Jost’s idea to have Matt Damon play Kavanaugh https://t.co/KAMzW0n0AV
— Vulture (@vulture) October 1, 2018
He is a great actor
— Julie Konan (@jkonan_) October 2, 2018
Of course it was
— Ariella Minden (@AriellaMinden) October 1, 2018
It was perfection!
— Patricia Jacobs (@pitpatj) September 30, 2018
It worked out well for everybody except Kavanaugh as it exposed in a humorous way why he should not be on the supreme court. The writing was spot on and so is Damon and the rest of the cast.
— Jan Landy (@JanLandy) October 2, 2018
— Rebecca Bingham ✈️ (@r_mccormick) October 2, 2018
— Vulture (@vulture) September 30, 2018
Many folks are still singing Damon’s praises over his Kavanaugh impersonation.
Thursday I cried listening to the testimonies.. Saturday night I cried laughing so hard!
— Peggy McNeeley (@pegsmac) October 1, 2018
Awesome, hilarious and oh so accurate portrayal of Brett Kavanaugh!!
— Robin Courtney (@RobinCourtney17) October 2, 2018
That was the best!
Ronan Sinatra ✊
— Lola del Rio (@the1loladelrio) October 1, 2018
I laughed hard out loud and I have watched it several times and I keep laughing. Matt Damon is hilarious.
— Jason Gastrich (@jasonagastrich) October 1, 2018
It was one of the best cold opens SNL has done in a while. I was doubled over with laughter.
— MaryEllen Kolbe (@MaryEllenKolbe) October 1, 2018
It was spot on! Damon did a good job!
— freaking out jam. (@kingstonjk824) October 1, 2018
Giggles aside, let’s hope we don’t have to watch Damon portray Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court for a future sketch.