Watch Natalie Portman Impersonate Eleven From 'Stranger Things' on 'SNL'
Attention,all Stranger Things superfans: This one's for you.
Last night on Saturday Night Live,, host Natalie Portman led the cast in a Stranger Things –themed sketch that was nothing short of perfect.
In the skit,which SNL positions as a trailer for season three of the hit Netflix series,Portman plays the character Eleven,who discovers she's not the only teen with"special powers"living in retro Indiana.Upon entering an abandoned,graffiti-covered garage,Eleven meets others who are"special"like her—and much like Eleven gets nosebleeds when she's using her powers,the characters must pay a price for their impressive gifts.
And herein lies the genius that is a well-played SNL spoof.
The first"special"character to introduce himself is Fourteen,played by SNL cast member Beck Bennett."我十四岁,"Bennett's character says,approaching Eleven."I can start fires with my mind—but every time I do,I throw up a little in my mouth.""
From there,Eleven goes on to meet a number of other characters whose"powers"resemble her own—though the more"impressive"the power,the more ridiculous (and laughable) the bodily malfunction.(Pete Davidson's character can run like the Flash,but it gives him an embarrassing erection.Alex Moffatt's character makes great chili,but then his brain bleeds through his scalp.)
The skit's genius is twofold: first,in that it smartly plays on the subtle and often laughable nuances of the eightiess-themed sci-fi show,and second,in that the SNL writers chose to lean into the recent Twitter conversations comparing the physical similarities between Portman and Stranger Things ' Eleven,Millie Bobby Brown .
Between that and SNL cast member Mikey Day's"crazy horny"take on Mike Wheeler (played on Stranger Things through a noticeably more PG-rated lens by Finn Wolfhard),the skit was an all-around winner.
Watch it in full here below:
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