How has your election day been? Do you think assorted celebrities in different fields agreed with your ballot? Was a chunk of it spent in court? Did you get a chance to enjoy a slice of cake? Odds are, aside from the awesome feeling that comes when a bald eagle presents your “I Voted!” sticker, your mileage will likely vary person-to-person for how November 8 has been to you and your community. It definitely sounds like a big day for Alec Baldwin (brother of Stephen Baldwin), because the future of his jaw may depend on tonight’s outcome. Plus there’s like tax reform issues or whatever.
Baldwin was on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show for an interview on Tuesday and the SNL secret weapon provided some insight into how he approached his Donald Trump impression and the actual mechanics of making it work. According to the Baldwin, the way Trump speaks is the opposite of mumblecore.
“This is an exaggeration of his masticating every word. I almost sprained my jaw pushing my lower jaw forward to talk the way he does and say Putin,” Baldwin explained to Lehrer. “Do I sound like him? Kind of. But I think what you get is an essence of him being very feral.”
As for how “feral” impression came to be, Baldwin says he was reluctant to channel The Donald at first. “When [Lorne Michaels] asked me I said no, I don’t want to do that I don’t think I can do that,” he shared.
Baldwin does note that he isn’t Trump’s nemesis and does some nimble maneuvering in explaining his feelings on the GOP presidential hopeful.
“I don’t hate Trump, but he’s not somebody I admire,” offered Baldwin. Presumably that admiration meter will be in the negative if Trump wins, because it’s hard to imagine Baldwin being nutty about four years of (potential) Trump duties in Manhattan.