For more than 40 years “Saturday Night Live” has been famous for its political impersonations, from Dana Carvey as George H.W. Bush, to Will Ferrell as his son George W. Bush, and now Emmy winner Kate McKinnon as current presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. Now “SNL” has cast its new Donald Trump: outspoken liberal Alec Baldwin will play the Republican candidate starting in the October 1 season premiere episode hosted by Margot Robbie.
Baldwin already has an impressive track record on “SNL.” He has hosted the show more times than anyone else: 16 times as of his most recent appearance in 2011, putting him just ahead of Steve Martin (15) and John Goodman (13).
This could also be good news for Baldwin at the Emmys. He’s a two-time winner of Best Comedy Actor for “30 Rock” (2008-2009), and he has accumulated 16 nominations in all as a performer and producer. Now he could be the latest to be recognized for satirizing a real-life politico on “SNL.” Previously, Tina Fey won Best Comedy Guest Actress for portraying former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in 2009, and Larry David was just nominated for Best Comedy Guest Actor in 2016, largely on the strength of his performance as liberal senator Bernie Sanders.
Baldwin isn’t the first actor to portray Trump on “SNL.” Phil Hartman, Darrell Hammond and Taran Killam all played the businessman-turned-politician. Trump himself even hosted “SNL” twice: in April 2004 and November 2015.
What do you think of the casting choice? Will Baldwin win an Emmy for playing Trump