Bill Hader has revealed the reasons he turned down an offer to return to him Saturday night live as his popular gay character Stefon.
Hader was a regular on the sketch comedy schedule from 2005 until his departure in 2013.
One of the most well-known recurring characters Hader played during his tenure was edgy nightlife critic Stefon.
Stefon, who appeared most frequently on the Weekend Update segment, often responded to moments of shock or embarrassment by covering his mouth.
In a new interview, Hader explained that SNL He had recently been given the prospect of a return to the show when Stefon was “hovering”, but turned it down due to the political climate of recent years.
“I was like, ‘I don’t think this is really a good thing now,'” he said The guard.
“I mean, we had an openly racist, homophobic and misogynistic president and half the country voted for him – twice! So [those attitudes] are really widespread.”
That barry The actor then explained that the context of US politics was a “huge eye opener” to how his portrayal of the character might come off as offensive to some.
He continued, “It made me pull back a little and say, ‘Wait, maybe people see this character differently.’ Because I really love Stefon and it never occurred to me that he would be seen as a cliché and that really hurt.”
Hader was last seen as Stefon in March 2018 for a guest appearance on the long-running show. While he has no immediate plans to revive the role, he hasn’t closed the door on playing Stefon again in the future.
“The idea that anyone would think I was making fun of gay people really sucks,” he explained. “So I’m not saying I would never play [that character] again, but not today.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/bill-hader-snl-stefon-b2064978.html Bill Hader reveals why he recently turned down an offer to return to SNL as gay character Stefon