Meyers takes self out of running to play Ryan on SNL

Now that the dust has settled after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, we can ponder a bigger issue- who will play Ryan on “Saturday Night Live?”

Seth Meyers

TMZ said it would not be Seth Meyers, the NBC show’s head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor. "The Hollywood Reporter" stated no Ryan-related casting decisions have been made, according to a source with knowledge of the issue.

Meyers did tell TMZ that there definitely would be a Mitt Romney sketch on the season premiere.

Other male SNL castmates who could accept the role include Bill Hader, Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan. Fred Armisen already plays president Barack Obama, and  Jason Sudeikis, who already parodies Joe Biden and Mitt Romney, may not return to the show, according to a recent "Hollywood Reporter" article.

Meyers told “Vanity Fair” last week when pressed on potentially playing the vice presidential candidate “Look, I think after I played John Kerry, which everyone agrees is the greatest political impression in the history of the show, why mess with success?” Meyers said that unlike in the 2008 race, when Tina Fey was the obvious choice to play VP candidate Sarah Palin, “now we’ve got a horse race.”

- Saturday Night Live

Written by: KurtK26
Aug 18th, 2012, 1:59 pm

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