Rami Malek Shows Off His Killer Prince Moves in Biopic Audition on ‘SNL’: Watch
“You guys are by far our top two choices to play Prince in my new biopic,” Redd’s Peele tells the actors, who are both comically dressed as Prince. “So the only way to settle this is to have a Prince-off.”
The Get Out director clarifies, “I’ll call out some random scenes from the script and you two will give me your absolute best Prince performance at the same time.”
From there, the casting panel rattles such oddball requests as Prince getting pelted in the legs with a football, Prince stepping on a Lego, and Prince getting a COVID test “but they go up too far.”
Although it’s a tough call, the panel decides that Malek can’t play Prince because he’s not Black. “But my parents are from Egypt and that’s in Africa,” Malek argues. “Doesn’t Prince transcend race?” Redd’s Peele quickly responds, “Not in this movie, no.”
Shortly after Thompson is given the role, British actor and former SNL host Daniel Craig crashes the audition dressed as a medieval prince and ends up nabbing the part because he’s James Bond.