Timothee Chalamet's Clumsy Cheer Marks SAG-AFTRA Strike Conclusion

Boygenius joins Chalamet on SNL amid industry breakthrough

by Zain ul Abedin
Timothee Chalamet's Clumsy Cheer Marks SAG-AFTRA Strike Conclusion
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As the entertainment industry breathes a sigh of relief with the resolution of the SAG-AFTRA strike, Timothee Chalamet is riding the wave of excitement with his latest gig on "Saturday Night Live." The young star is set to host the iconic sketch show just in time to drum up anticipation for his new film, "Wonka." Chalamet, 27, shared his enthusiasm in a recent SNL promotional clip, introducing himself with the energy and charisma he's known for: "I'm Timothee Chalamet and I'm hosting SNL this week with Boygenius!" His spontaneous outburst, "Willy Wonka!" left fellow comedian Bowen Yang momentarily confused, to which Chalamet quickly added, "The actor's strike has ended; I can finally promote my movie." The playful exchange continued with Yang's congratulatory response, prompting Chalamet to exclaim again, "Willy Wonka!

Chocolate chocolate man!” The banter showcases the actor's ability to blend humour with promotion, serving him well as the release date for "Wonka" approaches.

Strike Ends, Boygenius Excited

In another promotional snippet, the musical guest Boygenius, comprising Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus, expressed their excitement about their upcoming performance.

When Chalamet questioned their reputation for melancholy music, Julien Baker clarified, "Just our music. In real life, we're quite happy people”. The end of the SAG-AFTRA strike, which lasted 117 days, is a pivotal moment for the industry.

The union has reached a tentative agreement with studios, with its negotiators unanimously voting in favour of the new deal, pending national board approval. The strike began on July 14 and brought to light significant issues, including equitable pay for actors and the controversial use of artificial intelligence in filmmaking, which poses a potential threat to traditional film jobs.

As the industry moves forward from the strike, Chalamet's SNL appearance is not just a promotional opportunity but a celebration of the collective bargaining success. His presence on the show is a testament to the resilience of the entertainment community and its ability to adapt and thrive even in the face of adversity.