Alec Baldwin on Why He Agreed to Play SNL's New Trump: 'I'm Doing It for Donald'
It was Tina Fey's idea for Alec Baldwin to play Donald Trump on SNL
Baldwin, 58, who has hosted SNL a record 16 times, told EXTRA: “That’s what I wanted to do, I wanted to make his wish come true … So when they asked me, I said, ‘I’m only going to do this for Donald.’ I’m doing it for him.”
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“The idea came out of a conversation with Tina Fey at some point during the summer,” Michaels, 71, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Then I mentioned it to Alec but he’d already committed himself to a movie and [he and wife Hilaria] were about to have their third child. There were a lot of obstacles in the way to working it out. But I just thought he’d be brilliant doing it and I thought he and Kate [McKinnon, who plays Hillary Clinton on the show] would be a match.
“We were talking about who should do it. And [Tina] said, ‘Well, the person that should really play it is Alec.’ And I went, ‘Yeah!’ ” adds Michaels. “A light went on.”
Baldwin will debut his Trump impersonation in all its orange, golden-haired glory during the season 42 premiere of SNL, airing Saturday at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.