‘SNL’ casts Bald­win as its new Trump

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter

A fa­mil­iar face re­turns to “Satur­day Night Live” this week for its sea­son premiere when Alec Bald­win de­buts his Don­ald Trump im­pres­sion, a part he will play for the en­tire sea­son, sources tell The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter.

Bald­win is a close per­sonal friend of “SNL” ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Lorne Michaels and also starred on the Michaels-pro­duced NBC sit­com “30 Rock.” The 58year-old ac­tor of­fi­cially signed on early this week and taped a promo that de­buted on so­cial me­dia Wed­nes­day.

The ar­range­ment is sim­i­lar to the cast­ing last sea­son of Larry David to play Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Bernie San­ders over mul­ti­ple episodes, an idea that paid off in huge comic div­i­dends with win­ning sketches like “Bern Your En­thu­si­asm,” a sendup of David’s long-run­ning HBO hit.

Bald­win has deep ties to SNL, hav­ing guest-hosted a record-set­ting 16 times since his de­but in 1990. (Steve Martin is right on his tail at 15.) In that time, he has per­formed more than a dozen celebrity im­pres­sions, in­clud­ing Al Pa­cino, Bono, Har­vey Fier­stein, Tony Ben­nett and Mar­lon Brando.

Re­al­ity star-turned-Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Trump was played last sea­son by Dar­rell Ham­mond, a onetime cast mem­ber who re­turned to the show in 2014 as its an­nouncer. Be­fore Ham­mond, Trump was played by cast mem­ber Taran Kil­lam, whose con­tract was not picked up for Sea­son 42.

Trump him­self hosted the show in Novem­ber amid much con­tro­versy and calls for “SNL” to “#DumpTrump” over the can­di­date’s per­ceived racial bias.

NBC.COM

Alec Bald­win’s im­pres­sion of Don­ald Trump.

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