Bill Hader drinks your milkshake

Milkshake_lIt’s been almost two months since the theatrical release of There Will Be Blood, and we’ve all heard enough "milkshake" jokes to make even the most hardcore of Daniel Day-Lewis (or Kelis) fans want to bang his or her head against the wall. But right when I was ready to file away the incredibly over-quoted “I drink your milkshake!” line (along with Brokeback’s “I wish I could quit you,” Titanic’s “I’m the king of the world!” and “This is pretty good watermelon” — ten points to whoever can name where that one’s from), Saturday Night Live had to air a brilliant sketch parodying the Oscar-nominated film and its infamous line.

The writing of the skit, however, isn’t what makes it insanely entertaining, as the script mostly borrows its lines from the film. The genius behind it is under-appreciated cast member Bill Hader, who delivers an uncanny impersonation of DDL’s Daniel Plainview (and, of course, I have to give props to Amy Poehler for her silent, semi-creepy portrayal of H.W.). Seriously, you could sub Hader into any scene from the film, and it would be difficult to tell the difference between him and the Oscar-winning actor. (Plus, it would be a good addition to grandpa’s grandchildren-infused movies — available at the store!)

Tell me, PopWatchers, do you want to see more from Bill Hader? And while we’re on the subject, what SNL celebrity impersonation do you prefer to the real deal (I, for one, would watch Fred Armisen’s Gene Simmons over the disturbing Kiss frontman and Family Jewels star any day)?

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  • Tim Sheridan

    Is the Watermelon line from Weird Al’s magnum opus “UHF”?!
    Do I get the points!?!?

  • a

    good call on Fred’s Gene – it is Ca-Reepy!
    I was giggling all day Sunday at Bill’s “I’ve abandoned my boy… oh, there you are” – he is the best guy on SNL now, his italian talkshow host is always worth youtubing (with Fred as the stage director eating pasta during the show).

  • ep sato

    A few years back ago, SNL did a parody of the star wars special editions and did an “auditions outtakes” special. They had Kevin Spacey pretend to be Christopher Walken (auditioning for the role of Han Solo). Much as I love Christopher Walken, Spacey’s impersonation of him stands as one of the funniest skits I’ve ever seen on SNL (“cowbell”, which featured the real Christopher Walken is a close #2).
    Oh and Ms. Ward, I think you meant “real deal” not “read deal”.

  • Ceballos

    Yep Tim, I believe you get the points. :)
    Also, I agree with every word of this review. The “I drink your milkshake” IS played out, but Hader’s impression was so brilliant that it just didn’t matter. (Amy Poehler was also brilliant without saying a single thing).
    I definitely want to see more of Hader, because he’s taken over Darrell Hammond’s title for doing the best impressions on the show (with Dick Cheney soon to leave office, I suspect they only keep Hammond around to impersonate Donald Trump and Chris Matthews.)
    As for impersonations I prefer over the real people, I’d go with Hammond’s Trump and Hader’s Al Pacino and Vincent Price, which is just delightfully random. I saw Hader on Letterman one time, and he told the story about how when he auditioned for SNL with his Vincent Price impersonation, Lorne Michaels asked him something like “But why now?”

  • Tony

    Awww, I still haven’t seen “There Will Be Blood.” It just hasn’t played anywhere convenient for me.

  • Danna

    Bill Hader is a genius at impersonating. His Peter O’Toole was freaking hilarious.

  • Elizabeth

    I don’t think I will see TWBB because Daniel looks SO MUCH like a former boss of mine, that’s all that I will be thinking about. But it was a great return episode, and remember, “B!+&#@$ get things done!” That needs to be on a t-shirt!

  • Alex

    Hader is underrated and under utilized.
    His impression of the JonBenet Ramsay “killer” was dead on hilarious.

  • jessica

    ep sato – i thought i was the only one who remembers that sketch! i loved it! i also liked darryl hammond as richard dryfus auditioning for c3p0!

  • Scott K

    I gotta say, watching Maya Rudolph’s Oprah Winfrey is leaps and bounds preferable to watching the real one.

  • Barbara

    Hader is fabulous – wish we can see more of him on SNL.

  • Amanda

    I said pretty much the same thing about Bill Hader’s DDL: he could have received the Oscar on Sunday night and nobody would have known the difference!
    He is currently my fav SNL cast member and the greatest impressionist they’ve had in a loooooooong time. Al Pacino checks his bank balance anyone? His Peter O’Toole is another favorite of mine. Every time I see or hear about Peter O’Toole, I think “I’m Peter O’Toole, legendary drunk.”

  • Ben

    Agreed – writing was “meh”, but that DDL impression, dear lord…

  • jennifer

    hader was on conan last week and he told a story from superbad. his impressions of rogen and mclovin were so on mark it freaked me out a little. this guy is crazy talented.

  • dish

    ugh. i hated this sketch. I though hader’s impression was fantastic, but the whole thing was just stupid. bad writing on that one.
    i remember kristen wiigs first couple of shows. in one of them she did a spot on judy garland impression. I think it was a vincent price sketch. but i remmeber that impression. it was awesome. I think kristen is very underrated on the show.
    But the best impression on the show is Hammond’s Geraldo Rivera. The guy is great at everything including his trump and chris matthews too.
    Maya’s oprah is always hilarious too.

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