Pete Davidson will ‘play’ George Bailey in a ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ table-read

Comedian Pete Davidson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix's 'The Dirt' held at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood on March 18, 2019 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency)

Some sites are running this story with the headline “Pete Davidson to play Jimmy Stewart’s role in It’s A Wonderful Life,” hoping to inspire rage and sadness. And while it’s technically true that Pete Davidson will be playing George Bailey, it’s not going to be some ill-advised remake or anything. It’s a damn virtual table-read for charity. Now, did they still stunt-cast Pete Davidson? For sure. Does Pete Davidson have no place even pretending to be George Bailey for charity? For sure. But here we are.

Pete Davidson is taking on an iconic film character, James Stewart’s George Bailey. The Saturday Night Live actor and Maude Apatow (Euphoria), who recently starred together in The King of Staten Island, are reuniting for Ed Asner’s one-night-only live virtual celebrity table read of the 1946 holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life, in which Aparow will portray Violet Bick. They join an all-star cast that includes Mia Farrow, Ellie Kemper, Carol Kane, Ed Begley Jr., Diedrich Bader, Bill Pullman, Richard Kind, B.D. Wong, and Michael Shannon for the holiday event, slated for Sunday, December 13, 2020, 5:00 PM PT. Proceeds will benefit The Ed Asner Family Center, dedicated to promoting mental health and enrichment programs to special needs children and their families.

“We are so thrilled to have Pete reenact the role of George in It’s a Wonderful Life with his talented wit and clever vocalizations. And we look forward to having Maude join the cast as Violet with her creative flair. Please join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to snuggle up on your couch and experience this all-star cast virtual table read from the comfort of your own home, while helping to raise money for The Ed Asner Family Center. It will be a very meaningful night!” said Matthew Asner, Co-Founder/President/CEO of The Ed Asner Family Center.

[From Deadline]

A great way to benefit a worthy foundation, absolutely. Virtual table-reads have been raising so much money in this pandemic year. It’s a Wonderful Life is a great script too – people always talk about how “sappy” it is, but it’s really not. Like, that sh-t is DARK, especially in the parallel universe without George Bailey. Now, should they still have asked someone other than Pete? Yeah. But I don’t hate that he said yes and he’s donating his time for a good cause. I talked myself out of being mad at him.

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  1. Astrid says:

    If you can talk yourself out of screaming about Pete Davidson and agree its OK for charity, then I will sit down.

  2. Julie says:

    This very much feels like a stunt-cast to get people to complain about Pete. I guess I just become more sympathetic towards him when people are actively disappointed that they can’t say anything mean about him. To me it’s bizarre; I spent many years disliking T. Swift’s brand of feminism, but I was never grumpy when she did something GOOD. We can’t be a society that talks about the importance of mental health and then ALSO complain when we can’t dunk on someone (who happens to have mental health struggles).

    • Lorelei says:

      It’s definitely stunt casting, but if that’s what it takes to garner attention, then I guess it serves a purpose. I didn’t even know this event was happening until this news about Pete was released, so it’s working to some extent.

      Pete is a hot mess for sure, but he’s the cousin of a good friend of mine so I always have a bit of a soft spot for him. We used to go watch him do standup in tiny little bars in NYC before anyone knew who he was. He’s been through a lot.

  3. Chris says:

    It’s fine, I’m guessing he’s going to go the SNL mimic route which might be funny. It’s a weird choice for sure.

    If anything I’m annoyed at Maude Apatow. I’m super tired of the overt nepotism in Hollywood. I know it’s been around forever but I’m just reaching my limit. It feels like there’s few non wealthy up and comers without connections left.

  4. Suesays says:

    He will be a fantastic George! Go Pete!

  5. tcbc says:

    Anyone who would pay to see Pete Davidson act gets exactly what they deserve (not much.)

  6. JanetDR says:

    It is such a dark story, I haven’t watched in on purpose in years because it’s so hard to handle emotionally. I can handle glimpses.
    I don’t know why but I find Pete Davidson sort of appealing, but yeah, not paying for this.

  7. Mollie says:

    I love this movie so much! Even if it’s just a table read, it makes me so sad that this guy was cast as George Bailey. Horrible.

  8. Paperclip says:

    So glad someone acknowledges that it is a dark dark film. And unusually frank for its time. A great flick that’s underappreciated for what it truly IS.