Alec Baldwin Reveals the Genesis of His Trump Impression: ‘I Had No Idea What I Was Gonna Do’
Despite the widespread praise (as well as criticism) that Alec Baldwin has received for his late night portrayal of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live this season, the seasoned vet revealed to Jimmy Kimmel last night that it was a very improvised accomplishment.
Baldwin, who in addition to hosting SNL a few weeks ago has appeared regularly on the venerable sketch show as Trump, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to discuss his portrayal, which has even earned the consternation of the Commander in Chief himself. “Lorne called me and said, ‘Do you want to do this?’and I go, ‘No, I don’t want to play Trump on TV!'”
But as Baldwin revealed, it wasn’t just Lorne Michaels who put pressure on Baldwin to take up the role; Baldwin’s old 30 Rock pal Tina Fey (who famously skewered Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign) also “pushed” him towards the presidential portrayal.
“The moment the stage manager takes me to my mark for the first dress rehearsal at 8 o’clock, I had no idea what I was gonna do,” he recounted to Kimmel, saying that his backstage rehearsal process at Studio 8H was “like a scene at a mental hospital.”
Watch above, via ABC.
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