Wonder Woman star Chris Pine took the opportunity during his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live to mock the confusion over his fellow superhero movie stars named Chris. Pine, of course, is starring as Steve Trevor opposite Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the film, which will debut June 2.
Pine’s been mostly absent from the marketing push so far which has focused heavily on Gadot, although did step up to make clear that he won’t be playing “a dude in distress,” as some critics suggested. As the film enters its final month before release, Pine’s stepping up to promote it.
Pine hosted SNL to promote the film and used the opportunity to riff on a longstanding joke about the number of Chris’s in superhero movies. Noting that it was his first time hosting, Pine tried to confuse the crowd with his common name; at least in superhero films. He said, “As many of you know, I have a movie coming out this week called Guardians of the Galaxy,” which got a huge round of applause. Pine responded with a tinge of feigned frustration, “See. See. I knew that was going to happen. I’m not in Guardians of the Galaxy. That is Chris Pratt! I am Chris Pine.”
Matters escalated when Pine said that Leslie Jones knew who he was, and invited her on stage. Noting that Jones has seen all his movies, he asked the SNL star to tell the audience who he is, to which she responded, “You’re Captain America, Chris Evans.” Pine retorted, “I’m Chris Pine,” to Jones responded, “Hemsworth.” Despite one more despite one more desperate attempt to assert himself as Pine, Jones pulled the actor next to him for selfie, saying, “Thank you, Thor,” as she left with a huge smile.
Trying to settle the matter once and for all, Pine had a giant poster wheeled out, with side by side photos comparing him to Evans, Hemsworth and Pratt, who, when they have the same sort of hairstyle, display remarkable similarities. Pine added to the monologue a song set to Billy Joel’s monster hit “Uptown Girl” (called “Different Chris”), singing lyrics like, “We’re all white guys, but these are not the white guys I am,” as he pointed to the poster. SNL star Kate McKinnon also jumped in, pretending to know who Pine was with notes on her hand, as did Pete Davidson, with a photo comparing Steve Rogers to Steve Trevor.
It’s always fun to see actors poking fun at themselves, and clearly Pine had a blast doing it on SNL. Of course, the actor really doesn’t have any identity issues given that his career has rocketed into the stratosphere after making Captain Kirk his own in 2009’s Star Trek reboot. Refusing to get typecast, Pine has proved he can play in all genres, whether it be drama (Hell or High Water), musicals (Into the Woods, where he sings too), and yes, even superhero films with Wonder Woman. His SNL appearance shows he has chops for comedy, too, so while he’s appeared in supporting roles in Horrible Bosses 2, could a comedy lead be in the Pine’s future?
Source: Saturday Night Live