Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson did his fourth stint hosting Saturday Night Live last night, where he starred in one of their digital shorts centering on a new Disney film. With Disney riding the live-action train lately with Maleficent, the recent Cinderella, and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast, now comes the adaptation we’ve all been waiting for — Bambi.
Johnson appears as the title character, with his Furious 7 cast mates rounding out the rest of the beloved lineup — Vin Diesel (Taran Killam) as Thumper, Tyrese Gibson (Jay Pharoah) as Flower, and Michelle Rodriguez (Cecily Strong) as Faline, and it’s about to get real.
Check out the Bambi sequence here below, along with several others featuring The Rock.
Johnson, whose Furious 7 releases in theaters on April 3, 2015, also did a song and dance number during his opening monologue called “Franchise Viagra” that explains that when he’s brought on to an existing film franchise, he beefs it up. The song includes franchises he’s up for joining, like Fifty Shades of Grey, Frozen, and Avatar 2, so heads up movie producers.
There was also the cold opening that was just waiting to happen — “The Rock Obama,” where he hulks into — you guessed it — President Barack Obama. Definitely a highlight of this episode.
Wrestling fans will enjoy the “WWE Promo Shoot” skit, where The Rock gets a little too personal with the pre-match insults to his opponent, while those with a fondness for onion rings will appreciate “Dinner Date.”
Check out all these and more in the Video section here below.
New Disney Movie – SNL
Disney’s latest live action film stars Dwayne Johnson as Bambi, Vin Diesel (Taran Killam) as Thumper, Tyrese Gibson (Jay Pharoah) as Flower and Michelle Rodriguez (Cecily Strong) as Faline.
Dwayne Johnson’s Franchise Viagra Monologue
Host Dwayne Johnson sings about which Hollywood franchises he’d like to join next with help from Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Sasheer Zamata and Aidy Bryant.
The Rock Obama Cold Open
After the actions of Rep. John Boehner (Taran Killam), Sen. Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan) and Sen. Tom Cotton (Kyle Mooney) make him lose his cool, President Obama (Jay Pharoah) turns into The Rock Obama (Dwayne Johnson).
WWE Promo Shoot
Koko WatchOut (Dwayne Johnson) gets a little too personal while trash talking opponent Trashyard Mutt (Bobby Moynihan) during a promo shoot.
A couple’s (Vanessa Bayer, Kenan Thompson) dinner date turns sour when an old friend (Dwayne Johnson) and his British girlfriend (Cecily Strong) unexpectedly join them.
When Dr. Bones (Dwayne Johnson) gets shot with poisoned darts in the chest, butt and groin, Short-Long (Pete Davidson) and Miss Reese (Kate McKinnon) vie to be the one that gets to suck the poison out.
Here’s a non-Rock segment featuring Kate McKinnon as her recurring character – one of the best new ones for sure — Olya Povlatsky.
Weekend Update: Olya Povlatsky on the Russian Economy
Olya Povlatsky weighs in on Russia’s crumbling economy, comparing District 12 from The Hunger Games to the richest neighborhood in her village.
The full episodes will be online at a later time at nbc.com/snl.