Tuesday, May 28, 2024

It’s Alec Baldwin’s Annual “I’m Not Gonna Play Donald Trump Anymore on SNL” Negotiation Season, Last Year it was “Agony”


If it’s spring there’s jasmine in the air and Alec Baldwin is pretending he’s not coming back to “Saturday Night Live” as Donald Trump.

This is annual song Baldwin sings. He starts in April, puffs up in June, and by September he’s there in the cold opening.

This week he said during an interview for a movie called “Framing DeLorean,” which no one will see, that he’s had it, his kids want him home, and that “this fall I’m working like I never have before.”

As far as I can tell, Baldwin’s only project this fall is the live TV version of Aaron Sorkin’s play, ” A Few Good Men.” He’s taking the Jack Nicholson role, so he’ll get to say, “You can’t handle the truth.”

Well, yes we can. A year ago Baldwin said it was “agony” to play Trump on “SNL.”

The year before, he had so many commitments he knew he’d have cut back.

But it’s just Alec trying to get a raise from NBC. And in the season of the run-up to the Democratic debates and primaries, with Trump acting crazy all the time in real life, Baldwin will be back. He gets maximum exposure from the gig. It’s not like he has travel far– from the East Village to Rockefeller Center. He meets other stars, which is fun. He gets out of a house of sleeping children. It’s really the perfect job.

He also has an Emmy Award for his work.

Actors do this all the time. Remember when Daniel Craig said he’d slit his wrists if he had to play James Bond again? Yeah. That was before he got his $50 million paycheck.

Alec Trump will be back. You can bet on it.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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