On Saturday, actor Jake Gyllenhaal took to the Saturday Night Live stage to host the latest episode of the shit show. During his opening monologue, the actor reminisced back to his first SNL appearance back in 2007, by recreating his Celine Dion sing-along from the episode.
“That was like 400 Marvel movies ago,” the Ambulance star joked. “To give you an idea of what it was like in 2007, in the show I hosted, there was a George W. Bush sketch, there were jokes about the first iPhone, and this is a photo of me from my monologue.”
We then cut to an image of Gyllenhaal crooning in a wig and glittery gown, with Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, and Kristen Wiig serving as his backup singers. “There I am in full drag, singing a song from Dreamgirls, to promote a movie where I played a gay cowboy,” said the host. “That was actually probably the least problematic thing in that episode, but looking back, I feel like I was a totally different person.”
Gyllenhaal said he never thought SNL would “come calling” again, given the fact that he debuted on the show so many years ago. In truth, he wasn’t even sure he would remember how to host. “But being here tonight,” he said, “it feels like everything is suddenly coming back.”
Gyllenhaal then gave a very committed performance of Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” with Chloe Fineman, Ego Nwodim and Cecily Strong backing him up.