Longtime SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis might be joining Kristin Wiig and Andy Samberg as stars who have called the show’s 2012 season their last. In a recent interview with the L.A. Times, the nine-year SNL veteran said that “just [staying] for the juice of being in the public eye—of being Mitt Romney—is not enough.”
Even if Sudeikis isn’t around to portray Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election, he’ll still play a role in parodying the absurdity of the race for the White House. He will play Will Ferrell’s campaign manager in the forthcoming election spoof The Campaign, which opens in theaters nationwide tomorrow.
A flourishing film career is one of the reasons Sudeikis has been considering leaving the grueling schedule of SNL behind. In addition to The Campaign, Sudeikis is set to star in the 2013 comedy We’re the Millers alongside Jennifer Aniston and Ed Helms. He’s also starred in Horrible Bosses, Hall Pass and The Bounty Hunter. “You start at SNL when you’re young and hungry, but I don’t want my pro years to be my SNL years,” said Sudeikis.
“I’d like the opportunity to use creative muscles that…haven’t been asked of me for the first nine years that I’ve worked [at SNL],” said Sudeikis. “It could be some sort of title change. The least of the concerns is anything financial. I’m not buying a boat because of writing skits. It’s more having a desire to give more to a place I really believe in.”
Let’s hope he sticks it out for at least one more year so we won’t miss performances like this come election time: