Christoph Waltz, the memorable actor from recent Quentin Tarantino hits “Inglorious Basterds” and “Django Unchained,” hosted Saturday Night Live this week, adding yet another “historical fantasy” to his résumé.
The only difference? This time, it wasn’t soldiers or a former slave exacting revenge — it was Jesus Christ.
“He’s risen from the dead…and he’s preaching anything but forgiveness,” the announcer says as Waltz, dressed as Jesus, kills a number of Romans with a sword.
The movie also features “Brad Pitt” as St. Peter, the announcer declares as the actor playing Pitt recruits apostles to assist in the violent effort.
“I need me 11 apostles. We’re going to be doing one thing, and one thing only: killing Romans,” he says in imitation of Pitt’s speech from “Inglorious Basterds.” “The Roman will be disgusted by us; the Roman will talk about us, and the Roman will fear us. Each one of you owes me 100 Roman scalps!”
“Samuel L. Jackson” then makes an appearance Judas Iscariot, along with “Ving Rhames” as Pontius Pilate.
“When you get to heaven,” Waltz lightly intones while holding a large gun, “say hi to my dad.”
Reviews of the clip are mixed. Rolling Stone described it as “stunning, in the best way possible,” adding: “Every last line in this gory sketch was written with impeccable sophistication.”
The left-leaning Huffington Post, meanwhile, acknowledged the inevitable controversy and asked on the front page: “How did SNL get away with this?”
Watch the entire clip for yourself, via Hulu, below: