LR: John Goodman as Rex Tillerson, Beck Bennett as Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump; Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) — Alec Baldwin has played President-elect Donald Trump for Saturday Night Live since last year, and he’s not planning to stop any time soon.
In fact, the actor, who hosts the ABC game show The Match Game, told ABC News that while SNL is a major time commitment, he’ll continue to “do it some.” Baldwin also said that at some point, his Trump impersonation may not be limited to the occasional SNL appearance.
“I’m gonna do [it] as much as I can,” he said, “and there’s discussions about other venues we might pursue to further express our gratitude and admiration for the Trump administration.”
There is a “presidential” precedent here; Will Ferrell brought his popular imitation of George W. Bush to Broadway, in a show called, You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush, which was filmed for HBO and aired at the close of the president’s second term.
Baldwin, 58, said Match Game is, “one of the most fun things I’ve ever done,” noting of the Wednesday night show, “We’re not really influencing anybody’s political opinions here. We’re here just to have a good time and tell some jokes and have it be silly and fun.”
Impersonating Trump hasn’t been too bad for the actor either. When asked about the president-elect and his plans to hold him accountable over the next four years, Baldwin said that he won’t have to do anything, and credited Trump with being “the head writer of all the material we do.”
“We just sit back and we look at Twitter, we read the news and we go, ‘There it is!’ And we probably should be, according to the WGA [Writers Guild of America], giving Trump some writing credits for what he’s done for us,” he said. “We’re just gonna sit back and just let the good times roll.”
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