Lorne Michaels Reveals Which ‘SNL’ Alum Recommended Alec Baldwin As Their New Trump

09.30.16 3 weeks ago • 7 Comments

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Former Goat Boy habitat Saturday Night Live is gearing up for the kickoff of its 42nd season of comedy, music, and your friends complaining the show was better in (insert whatever year they were 13). Ahead of tomorrow’s premiere with Margot Robbie as host and The Weeknd as the musical guest, SNL emperor Lorne Michaels engaged in a bit of chat with The Hollywood Reporter and he oft-imitated Canuck shared some details about recent developments with the seemingly unkillable series.

If there’s a big promotional hook for the October 1 premiere, it seems to be the prospect of watching Alec Baldwin take on the role of Donald Trump. As you might suspect, it was an SNL alum that presented the idea of Baldwin portraying the Republican presidential hopeful.

“The idea came out of a conversation with Tina Fey at some point during the summer,” explained Michaels. “Then I mentioned it to Alec but he’d already committed himself to a movie and [he and wife Hilaria] were about to have their third child. There were a lot of obstacles in the way to working it out. But I just thought he’d be brilliant doing it and I thought he and Kate [McKinnon] would be a match.”

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