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Alec Baldwin: Lorne Michaels persuaded me to play President Trump a 'few times' more on 'SNL'

Alec Baldwin plays President Donald Trump during

 Alec Baldwin plays President Donald Trump during the "Impeachment" cold open on the Sept. 28 season premiere of "Saturday Night Live." Credit: NBC / Will Heath

Alec Baldwin says that "Saturday Night Live" chief Lorne Michaels has now persuaded him to continue to play President Donald Trump a "few times" more on the late-night sketch show. The Amityville-born, Massapequa-raised actor previously said that he was done playing the president, but reprised the role last month on the 45th season premiere.

“I said to them, and it was not with any malice or any lack of affection for them, I said, ‘Oh, I don’t want to do that anymore, I don’t want to do the Trump thing again. I’m going to stop.’ And I don’t need to tell you about the Lorne Michaels’ Jedi Mind Trick thing,” Baldwin told Jimmy Fallon on a special Sunday episode of "The Tonight Show."

“[Lorne] gets me on the phone the Friday before the show, the day before the show, and he’s like, ‘I don’t think you understand,’ and I go, ‘What don’t I understand? I’ve been thinking about it all summer. Every day I’ve been thinking about it.’ And he said, ‘I don’t think you understand how important this is,’ ” Baldwin continued.

“So ... [Lorne] said to me, ‘You should come and do it, your audience demands it’ or something like that,” Baldwin recalled. “So I came, and I did it. And I’m going to do it a few times.”

Baldwin has previously made no secret about his desire to stop portraying the president. In June, he told USA Today that he was “so done” with his Trump impression, adding “I can’t imagine I would do it again."


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