Saturday Night Live has been in decline for ages.
The last two years, where the show essentially became an agitprop for the Democratic Party, has been a particularly low point.
Now one famed actor says his time on the show in light of Donald Trump’s victory has made him miserable.
Alec Baldwin is an unapologetic liberal who’s no fan of the President. As a result, he’s had a difficult time separating his beliefs from his art, which is why he says portraying Donald Trump is “agony.”
Alec Baldwin really, really meant what he said about the agony of becoming Trump. “It’s not like agony,” Baldwin told Jimmy Fallon last night about his frequent turns playing the president on Saturday Night Live. “It is agony.”
Baldwin’s immediate reaction when the Tonight Show host raised the subject was a retching noise followed by a Bronx cheer, then told the story about how the Trump role began when he and Lorne Michaels thought the then-candidate would never win.
“We thought we’d do three shows,” Baldwin recalls of those campaign days. “And then he won and I was laying in bed going, ‘Oh, no.’”
“I don’t need to tell you,” Baldwin told Fallon about Trump immersion, “it gets exhausting after a while.”
Baldwin reiterated that he’d do “a few” Trump SNL sketches this year, then spoke about his recent “surreal” Twitter feud with president. He wondered whether Trump sets aside a particular time of the morning to unload his Twitter barrages (he imagines the president in boxers and bathrobe, watching Fox & Friends and eating a “triple order of bacon”) or whether Trump gets alerts and responds immediately while, say, meeting with North Korean diplomats “talking about nuclear weapons.”
Slipping into his Trump voice, Baldwin said, “Hold on a moment please…Alec Baldwin, loser, loser, horrible movie, mediocre career…”
As for Trump’s tweet that true agony is being forced to watch SNL, Baldwin noted that the only forcing going on is Trump’s requirement that some people listen to him: “We call them the Cabinet.”
Baldwin certainly doesn’t need an excuse to bash Trump, but the fact that he’s trying to get back in “liberal good standing”is an added bonus for him.
Baldwin came under fire for supporting alleged sexual abuser Woody Allen against claims from Dylan Farrow.
From The Guardian:
Alec Baldwin has defended Woody Allen on Twitter and called other actors “unfair and sad” for voicing their regrets over working with him.
Baldwin, who worked with Allen on Blue Jasmine and To Rome With Love, is the latest actor to speak publicly about the film-maker, following on from Greta Gerwig, Mira Sorvino, Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet.
Baldwin’s comments arrive after more actors have expressed regret over working with Allen. After the initial news about alleged sexual abuse from Harvey Weinstein last year, Ellen Page shared a Facebook post in which she called working with Allen her “biggest regret.”
The #MeToo movement has been incredibly complex for Hollywood liberals to navigate, causing great turmoil for stars like Baldwin.
Luckily for him, taking cheap shots at the President on late-nite shows is still a reliable safety valve for the left.