Pete David son

How Pete David­son found his voice on ‘Satur­day Night Live’

Variety - - Young Hollywood - STORY B Y Ramin Se­toodeh PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY Peggy Sirota

Pete David­son could have played Don­ald Trump on “Satur­day Night Live.” In 2015, the NBC sketch show asked him — along with ev­ery other male cast mem­ber — to au­di­tion for the part of the Repub­li­can un­der­dog, who was clearly run­ning for pres­i­dent as a joke. “It was bad,” re­calls David­son on a re­cent walk through down­town New York. “First of all, I’m 10 pounds, so I looked in­sane. They made us all get dressed up and tanned up. I sounded like Thun­der­lips from ‘Rocky III.’” He re-cre­ates a hiss­ing voice rem­i­nis­cent of a vil­lain on a morn­ing car­toon. “It was a night­mare. If I could get my hands on this tape, it’s em­bar­rass­ing as fuck.”

His missed op­por­tu­nity meant an­other job for Alec Bald­win, but David­son doesn’t need to de­spair. In the last four years, the 24-year-old has steadily be­come one of the show’s most valu­able — if some­times un­der­used — play­ers. You can catch him as the straight man in skits, such as a cus­tomer in a diner who or­ders lob­ster, prompt­ing the crus­tacean to beg for his sur­vival by belt­ing out the sound­track to “Les Misérables.”

On the Week­end Up­date seg­ments, David­son

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