Although he would be loathe to admit it, the election of Donald Trump to the the U.S. presidency has probably been the best thing that’s happened to Alec Baldwin‘s career in a long time. The actor has received an Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Supporting Actor for his recurring appearances on “Saturday Night Live” this season, as well as a second nomination for his hosting of “Match Game” on ABC. Much like how Stephen Colbert‘s talk show has benefited from the Trump presidency, Baldwin has practically been given a second chance in show business due to his imitation of the President.
Baldwin won two Emmys as Best Comedy Actor for his role as Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock” (2008-2009). But soon after that NBC comedy ended its run, Baldwin found himself in a downward tailspin in his career after a series of awkward public incidents. Baldwin’s comments resulted in his being fired from a talk show that he briefly had on MSNBC. Around the same time, he clashed with actor Shia LaBeouf during rehearsals for a Broadway play. His prior stage appearance in a production of “Entertaining Mr. Sloan” had also ended in controversy when his leading lady quit the show due to conflicts with Baldwin.
The constant acrimony involving Baldwin seemed to take its toll on the actor and in 2014 he published a 5,000 word essay explaining that he would be leaving public life. His hatred for Mr. Trump seems to have changed all that.
In addition to Baldwin’s appearances on “Match Game” and “SNL” the actor has also begun hosting “The Essentials” on TCM where he discusses classic films with celebrity guests. (The show was previously hosted by the late Robert Osborne.) That’s quite the busy schedule for a man who only a few years wanted out of the business completely.
In the Best Comedy Supporting Actor category, Baldwin faces tough competition from last year’s winner Louie Anderson. “SNL” regulars have had a difficult time winning Emmys in recent years in the supporting categories, with Kate McKinnon‘s win last year being the first in decades. But if Baldwin does manage to make it to the stage, the man in the White House may be due at least a nice little thank you note for inadvertently revitalizing Baldwin’s career.
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