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Sarsgaard comes to SNL after a busy 2005. The actor was most recently seen opposite Jake Gyllenhall and Jamie Foxx in the Gulf War drama "Jarhead" and the thriller "Flightplan" opposite Jodie Foster, as well as the indie film "The Dying Gaul" with Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott. Sarsgaard received early acclaim for his work opposite Hilary Swank in "Boys Don't Cry" and went on to receive numerous critics awards and nominations for both a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for his performance as New Republic editor Charles Lane in "Shattered Glass." In 2004, Sarsgaard co-starred with Zach Braff and Natalie Portman in the Sundance hit "Garden State" as well as earning more accolades for his work with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney in "Kinsey."
Returning to SNL alongside Sarsgaard are "New York's own rock saviors" - the Strokes. The band debuted to huge acclaim in 2001 and return with their new release "First Impressions of Earth" which is being hailed as a return to form. The New York Times adds that the Strokes "outdo themselves" on the new record and "everything sounds bigger, nervier and more spontaneous." The debut track "Juicebox" is the band's first No. 1 single.
Sketches:"Anderson Cooper 360," "Nelson's Baby Toupees," "Target Greatland," "National Pirate Convention," "Carol!," "Young Chuck Norris" (film), "Cat Fancy," "Gays in Space," "Fairmount Suites Inn," "National Security Agency," and "SARS-guards."
Performances: The Strokes perform "Juicebox" and "You Only Live Once."
In the NBC rerun of this episode, during the "Cat Fancy" sketch, after Seth Meyers' character tells Peter Sarsgaard's character to "Save your outrageous stories for Parrot Companion Quarterly", a caption at the bottom of the screen appears that reads: "Parrot Companion Quarterly is a real magazine".