The ongoing defamation trial of actor Johnny Depp and Amber Heard which is taking place in Virginia’s Courthouse has been attracting lots of attention.
While every single detail about the trial is making headlines, recent Marvel film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness actor Benedict Cumberbatch has referenced it on SNL (Saturday Night Live).
SNL Cold Open sketch by Benedict Cumberbatch
For those who don’t know a piece of information about the ongoing trial, Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp had hit a $50 million lawsuit defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard for the op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post in 2019. This defamation trial began on April 11 and is expected to resume on May 16 following a one-week break.
Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch recently appeared as the host of Saturday Night Live(SNL) for the second time on May 7th and took part in a sketch of the show that referred to the Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v Wade and the ongoing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation case.
For this Cold Open Sketch, he modified the look refined with a Prince Valiant wig. He along with the other two sat in a castle to debate on the topic of how to govern women’s reproductive rights. The sketch began with a voice-over and text scroll referencing Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked citation.
Cumberbatch’s character said, “While I was cleaning the hole on the side of the castle where we poop and then it falls through the sky into a hole of human faeces, I started to think about abortion, Don’t you think we ought to make a law against that?”
Cumberbatch’s reference to Will Smith and the Ongoing Defamation Case of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
To this Andrew Dismukes responded, “You mean like to know we have against pointy shoes?” Cumberbatch later said, “Yes, exactly something fair and reasonable like those laws“.
Cecily Strong who played a servant in the sketch asked, “Shouldn’t women have the right to choose, since having a baby means a 50 per cent chance of dying?”
To that, Kate McKinnon, 30s, said, “Worry not, dear girl, these barbaric laws will someday be overturned by something called ‘progress’. Then, about 50 years after the progress, they’ll be like, ‘Maybe we should undo the progress.
“These barbaric laws will someday be overturned by something called progress. And then, after about 50 years after the progress, they’ll be like, ‘Maybe we should undo the progress.’ I don’t know why my visions from that time are very confusing. Seems like all of the power comes from a place called Florida. And if you think our customs are weird, you should watch the trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard,” finished Mckinnon.
Apart from this, Cumberbatch started the show with his opening monologue for his latest Marvel movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. During SNL’s episode, he dugged at Will Smith’s Oscar incident by jokingly saying, ‘Well, The Power of the Dog, adding ‘Come on, man. I was nominated for an Oscar for that. I did okay,” recalling “I mean, I didn’t win. I was beaten by Will Smith…No, not physically.”