THR: Alec Baldwin says his Donald Trump is always going to be ‘miserable’

The Television BAFTA Awards 2017

The cast of Saturday Night Live covers the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter. Only… not. This isn’t really about the cast, it’s about how their political skits have created SNL’s best season, and they’re doing it with special guest stars who aren’t even real cast members, like Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy. THR does the piece as one of those “oral history” dialogues, like everything is done in quotes from the extensive interviews with cast members, producers and writers and more. You can read the full piece here (it’s an enjoyable read). Some highlights:

Alec Baldwin on his Trump impression having some big fans: “I’m not going to name names, but a cabinet member walked up to me at a restaurant in Manhattan — Manhattan, that’s a hint — and he goes, ‘I gotta tell you something. This thing you’re doing is good, it’s really good,.’ He goes, ‘I’ll get fired if anybody quoted me saying this, but that’s exactly what he’s like when you do it.’ ”

Lorne Michaels on getting Baldwin to play Trump: “The idea came out of a conversation with Tina Fey at some point during the summer. She said, “Well, the person that should really play [Trump] is Alec.” And I went, “Yeah!” A light went on.

Baldwin on playing Trump: “They give you all the resources you need to watch and look at Trump in different tableaux: Trump somewhat off the record, Trump caught by a camera, not just Trump making a speech. But I watch and watch and I still don’t know what I’m going to do. Then I get out and all I remember is, “Just try to make him unhappy.” There are many people who do Trump now, and they have different Trumps. They have kind of a “balls-of-his-feet-light Trump” or what I like to call “Gene Kelly Trump.” But my Trump is “Miserable Trump.” No matter what. He wins, he loses, he’s miserable.

Beck Bennett on playing Putin: “When I was put in that sketch, it was like, “Oh, Beck can play Putin. It’s, like, two lines.” I don’t think anybody thought Putin was going to play the part that he did in the election then. What I remember is that when we first did it, I had a suit on. Then the second time they cut to me in that sketch, the suit was miraculously off, and that got a big reaction. That’s how we found the take on that impression: [Putin's] very comfortable, literally, in his own skin, and he loves just having fun playing with these American politicians. I also remember being concerned about taking my shirt off.”

Colin Jost on the Trump phenomenon: ”I always think it’s so funny when people talk about the idea that we somehow introduced him to America or that our show or Jimmy Fallon has humanized him. [Trump’s] been on the cover of every tabloid consistently for 30 years. When he hosted last season, the worry was, ‘Would he have burned out by the time he even came to host?’ That was Lorne’s concern more than the concern of, ‘How will this help him?’…Politics right now is probably the closest we’ve come to a full-blown national phenomenon as anything in a long time, and anytime people are paying more attention to politics, it’s good for our show. But you almost feel like a war profiteer at times because we’ve benefited from a situation that’s so tough.”

[From THR]

There’s a lot of stuff about Kate McKinnon and how she felt about playing Kellyanne Conway and Hillary Clinton, plus Cecily Strong playing Melania. Basically, Lorne really encouraged everyone to dive deep into the Trump Administration and not just have everything be about Trump the guy, but to focus on everyone around Trump. And yes, Colin Jost is right… they are sort of like war profiteers.

The Television BAFTA Awards 2017

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  1. swak says:

    Baldwin is correct – Trump is always miserable no matter what. Even a bigly win doesn’t make him happy. Not sure what would.

  2. mia girl says:

    Yeah, I get that because they are having amazing ratings, SNL is sort of like war profiteers.

    On the other hand, I feel their relentless portrayals of this cast of deplorable characters has been helpful in showing many what a farce this all is. I do believe it has been damaging to Trump and his cohorts.

  3. Sigh... says:

    I still contend that Chump’s desire to be president was, IN VERY LARGE PART, out if pure jealousy that Obama quickly and seemingly easily succeeded w/o race, riches, and privilege (and apparently the Russians) propping him up & in. Chump will always be miserable because he will always be himself.

    Strong’s “Melania” is not squinty, “trying-to-read-the-second-to-last-line-on-the-eye-chart-without-my-glasses” enough.

  4. Lucy2 says:

    Of course Cheeto Mussolini is miserable. No one who is happy, secure, etc in their life would act that way.
    I really enjoy all the portrayals, but have to disagree with Jost- SNL and Fallon both attempted to humanize him by having him on, whether it was intentional or not. They chose to have him there, despite all the racism and sexism. I can’t forget that.
    I’ve watched SNL since the early 90s, and that was the only episode I’ve ever fully skipped.

  5. minx says:

    B-b-but Trump said SNL’s ratings were down! That they were failing! Nobody watches them! Losers!

  6. Teebee says:

    Likkle Trumplethinskin
    Spun lies into fake gold
    He spun and spun
    And spun and spun
    All day til night grew cold
    Surrounded be he
    By false glittery
    Even on top of his head
    Not enough gold set aside
    So this troll lied and lied
    Until his small hands turned blood red
    So Likkle Trumplethinskin
    Decided what was best
    Was to give his likkle hands
    A long much needed rest
    But he could not stop his lie-telling
    Nor his penchant for loud yelling
    He could not stop his faux gold spinning
    Nor his pathetic need for winning
    So Likkle Trumplethinskin
    Sits on his throne all day
    Spinning lies into fake gold
    Telling himself it’s ok
    “Everyone still loves me
    ‘Cause I’m surrounded by this finery
    But boy are these yokels stupid
    ‘Cause they don’t know it’s all fakery!”
    But his days are soon to be numbered
    For fake gold loses much of its shine
    And the scales may be falling much faster
    From eyes that once thought all was fine
    And though the end of this tale
    May be ghoulish and gory to you
    I can’t wait for all the comeuppance
    When Trumplethinskin rips himself in two!

  7. Hannah says:

    Nobody has gotten Melania right yet. They all just do some random not-so-good vaguely Eastern European/Russian accent. I expect more. Luckily, she isn’t a major player in this clusterfuck.