Alec Baldwin is about to make Saturday night great again.
The East Hampton star has been cast as Donald Trump in the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live and will appear in a segment in the season premiere on October 1. Baldwin, who has hosted SNL a record 16 times, succeeds former Trump portrayers Darrell Hammond and Taran Killam. Executive producer Lorne Michaels reportedly made the decision to cast Baldwin as the controversial presidential candidate over the summer.
Baldwin has had harsh words for Trump in the past. “We don’t really want a president who looks like he’s been dipped in movie popcorn butter,” he told Ellen DeGeneres earlier this year. But Baldwin is an inspired casting choice, with the actor having previously done impressions of Al Pacino, Bono, Harvey Fierstein, Tony Bennett, Marlon Brando and Governor Rick Perry for the show.
SNL star Kate McKinnon will play opposing candidate Hillary Clinton in the upcoming segment. Watch a promo video below and see the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on Saturday, October 1 on NBC.