Why Alec Baldwin Originally Didn't Want To Play Donald Trump On SNL
Satire and spoof often work best when applied to the world of politics, and the currently-climaxing POTUS race has offered up seemingly infinite inspiration for comedy in 2016. One sniffling TV benchmark has been the debates between Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live. Much as we (possibly) could have had many other candidates running for President, we could have had other actors donning the faux blond locks as Trump, since Baldwin wasn't initially gangbusters about taking the gig. Here's his explanation for the hesitance.
It's quite an honor to get asked to take on such a prestigious role on Saturday Night Live, a show that Alec Baldwin has become quite familiar with over the years, having hosted the sketch series 16 times. (It wasn't Lorne Michaels' idea, though.) But he's never been a regular cast member, so taking on a semi-regular role like that must have seemed like a left-field request, what with all the talent that the show has going for it on a weekly basis. Bad time to drop Taran Killam's name into the mix, though.
But sanity prevailed, and Alec Baldwin took the gig, even namedropping his brother at one point, despite said brother's lack of excitement for the impression. Sure, it would have been solid had Darrell Hammond or any number of Saturday Night Live veterans returned to show off faux debate skills, but after seeing the mouth-waggling wonder that is Baldwin's Donald Trump, no substitution will be accepted from now on. (Sorry, Johnny Depp.)
Alec Baldwin appeared on an episode of the radio program The Brian Lehrer Show, where he joked about how Donald Trump himself was the one providing much of the material the writers were using, calling him the "writer of his own comedy routine." It's almost a comedy routine in and of itself in the interview after Baldwin expresses that exact sentiment in two different ways, only to have Brian Lehrer then ask if the writers intentionally used Trump's words in the sketches. Good times.
The election season is coming to a close tonight, regardless of what happens, and while that means the end of Baldwin's Donald Trump impression through debate sketches, only time will tell if there will be more of him away from podiums and microphones. This weekend's episode will be hosted by the stellar Dave Chappelle, and the promise of a sketch with Chappelle and Trump together (with David S. Pumpkins) is too good to not hold out hopes for. You know when to find Saturday Night Live, and the "where" is NBC.
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Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.