Ethan Hawke donned a pair of blonde braids to embody Willie Nelson on Tuesday’s Tonight Show, performing a parody of his signature track “On The Road Again.” Host Jimmy Fallon, aping Johnny Cash, joined Hawke and his Blaze co-stars Charlie Sexton (as Kris Kristofferson) and Ben Dickey (Waylon Jennings).
The track, originally featured on Nelson’s 1979 album, Honeysuckle Rose, took on a new tone when the group switched the lyrics to discuss online gaming and drinking with friends. “But hold on a sec/ If we stay here we can get trashed and play Fortnite,” Fallon crooned in Cash’s signature twang. “Wait, what is Fortnite?” Hawke offered back as Sexton and Dickey feigned confusion.
“Fortnite is an online, multi-player game where a flyin’ bus drops you off onto an island,” Fallon sang. “On that island, you face off against 99 other players, each of whom spends time collectin’ weapons and materials with which to fight other players and build, well, forts. The last man alive is the winner. It’s sorta like Hunger Games meets Minecraft. It’s, like, super fun.”
The musicians, strumming guitars, united to conclude the number, howling, “The life I love is when I’m hangin’ with my peers/We’re playin’ Fortnite, and we’re stayin’ here.”
Hawke also joined Fallon for an interview during the show, recounting how he and his dad once actually met Nelson, who offered them a joint. They passed, regretting it, and a few years later the actor encountered him again. “A few years after that I’m doing a play with an actor who knows Willie,” Hawke told Fallon. “And Willie’s coming to see the show. I told her the story about us missing this opportunity. Willie comes backstage; he meets me, and he slips in a joint in my hand and says, ‘Say hi to your dad.’”