It was Tina Fey's idea for Alec Baldwin to play Donald Trump on SNL

By Tierney McAfee
Updated September 30, 2016 03:40 PM
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Perhaps no one approves of Saturday Night Live‘s new pick to play Donald Trump more than the Donald himself.

The 70-year-old GOP nominee previously told Extra‘s Mario Lopez that he would love for Baldwin to play him on SNL – and the actor seems happy to have Trump’s blessing.

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.”

But show creator Lorne Michaels reveals that the idea for Baldwin to play Trump in the Season 42 premiere on Saturday night actually came from SNL alum Tina Fey.

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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.