Alec Baldwin Quits Playing Trump on SNL
Alec Baldwin says he is “done” playing United States President Donald Trump on The Saturday Night Live (SNL)
Baldwin won an Emmy Award in 2017 for his impersonation of Trump. The actor revealed the news in an interview with USA Today.
“I can't imagine I would do it again,” he said of playing the US president. “I just can't.”
“They should find somebody who wants to do it. They're all my dear friends and I love going there, but the other thing is that I'm going to go to work this fall in a way I haven't done in a while,” he continued. “My wife and I had a son a year ago, and since he was born, I've worked minimally because I wanted to be there for my wife and kids.”
“But the party's over this fall and I'll be traveling.”
Baldwin said that the "SNL" crushes his weekends. “And now weekends are going to become much more precious to me because that's time with my kids.”
When asked who should replace him as Trump on the show, Baldwin said: “I don't know. Darrell Hammond did it and is a far better impressionist than I'll ever be.”
“When Anthony Atamanuik (started impersonating Trump on Comedy Central's "The President Show"), all these people were attacking me, saying, Oh, your impression sucks and you suck. Please go away.”
“It also was something I thought to myself: ‘I really don't have a lot invested in my Trump impersonation, so please find someone and convince Lorne (Michaels) to replace me’.”
“I'm completely down with that. Winning the Emmy for that show aside, it was not some career goal of mine,” he concluded.
“So if (Atamanuik) wants the job, it's his. He can have it. I've done that. I mean, I had a lot of fun with (the cast), and when Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider wrote (Trump sketches in 2016 and 2017), that was new, it was fresh and the ratings were good. But I feel like I'm done with that now. I'm so done with that.”