Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro made surprise appearances on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, helping out host John Goodman in a skit called the "Three Wise Guys."
In a Christmas-themed sketch that spoofed the Three Wise Men, the actors donned tracksuits, turbans, and gold chains as they rode camels on the way to visit the newborn baby Jesus. Like many of the tough guy characters they've played in movies, the men riffed on the birth of the messiah and joked about their journey.
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"Look at us. We get all dolled up, put on these stupid turbans. I mean, who is this kid anyway. Jesus. I mean, Latino?" Stallone wonders.
"Do we even know his last name, this Jesus?" Goodman asks.
"Christ, I don't know," De Niro says. "But I'm hearin' things, I'm tellin' you this. This kid's gonna be big."
"I hear his father's in construction," Stallone chimes in.
Stallone and De Niro will appear in the upcoming film, "Grudge Match," in which they play washed-up boxers who agree to one more rival fight.
This weekend's episode of "SNL" also took aim at Nelson Mandela's funeral services where President Barack Obama was caught taking a selfie with the Danish prime minister and shaking Raul Castro's hand. The show also capitalized on the scandal involving the sign language interpreter who was branded a fake.
For the show's cold opening, veteran cast member Kenan Thompson joined Jay Pharaoh's Obama on stage and signed nonsensically though his press conference about his various Mandela memorial service gaffes.
"I felt like Lemony Snicket because I experienced a series of unfortunate events," Pharaoh's Obama said. "I mean, first I got roped into taking a selfie with the blonde, female Danish prime minister. Some people said Michelle was angry at me for that, but I talked to her afterwards and I can assure you, she was furious.
"Then I got caught shaking hands with Raul Castro. In my defense, he told me he was Edward James Olmos. And finally, there was a sign language interpreter who clearly had no idea what he was doing."
"Saturday Night Live" airs at 11:30 p.m. Saturdays on NBC. Stallone and De Niro's film, "Grudge Match," hits theaters Christmas Day.
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