American immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci has saluted Brad Pitt for his impersonation of him on comedy show Saturday Night Live at the weekend, describing the sketch as "a great job".

Variety reports that the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who is a member of US President Donald Trump's Coronavirus Task Force, saluted Pitt during an interview with Spanish-language network Telemundo's morning show, Un Nuevo Día.

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"I think he did great," said Dr Fauci. "I'm a great fan of Brad Pitt, and that's the reason why when people ask me who I would like to play me, I mention Brad Pitt. He's one of my favourite actors. I think he did a great job."

Dr Fauci also saluted Pitt for breaking character at the end of the show's opening monologue to pay tribute to frontline personnel around the world.

Brad Pitt explains things as Dr Fauci Screengrab: Saturday Night Live

"I think he showed that he is really a classy guy when at the end he took off his hair and thanked me and all of the healthcare workers," he continued. "So not only is he a really great actor, but he is actually a classy person."

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