Alec Baldwin, who has made a career as of late portraying President Trump on “Saturday Night Live” stopped by Tuesday’s “Late Late Show” to talk politics with host James Corden and fellow guest, “Scandal” star Kerry Washington. And with Washington’s show set in the nation’s capital against the backdrop of the Oval Office, there was the inevitable comparison of the fictional president, Fitz Grant, with the real one.
The actress readily admitted to being keenly interested in politics in real-life. However, she observed that her show was tame compared to what really goes in Washington. “We did shocking storylines on ‘Scandal,’ but we’re like ‘Little House on the Prairie’ compared to this administration.”
Baldwin agreed to portray Trump on “SNL” back when he was a candidate for the highest office in the land. Now that his nemesis has moved into the White House, he is unsure if he will continue with his appearances on the late-night comedy show. He did reveal that the reaction has been very positive. “People are very kind and they always say ‘thank you,’ like they think I’m having an effect on the political field of gravity.”
The actor recalled having met the president long before he had political aspirations. “He was a different person. He was social. He’s not at all like he is now.” Indeed, after Trump prevailed, Baldwin was hopeful that this would be the version we would get. “I thought he’d change his complete tone when he won, and he hasn’t.”
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