East Hampton’s Alec Baldwin appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, where he discussed his ongoing portrayal of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. Colbert asked Baldwin how he prepares for the hilarious role, and Baldwin explained that in addition to the SNL creative team coaching him, he practices certain facial expressions.
“They would sit there, always coaching you. I was going to do a movie this past summer and Lorne [Michaels] said ‘I’d like you to do Trump every Saturday for 18 consecutive weeks,” Baldwin said with a laugh. “They show us footage of him. It’s totally a caricature, you just pick a few thing. I’m going left eyebrow up, right eyebrow down, shove your face like you’re trying to suck the chrome off the fender of a car.”
Baldwin is a busy man. In addition to his gig as Trump on SNL, the star is taking over as host of TCM network’s weekly series The Essentials, which showcases classic films. Baldwin takes over hosting from the late Robert Osborne, and will be joined by guest co-hosts such as David Letterman, Tina Fey and William Friedkin. Baldwin is also hosting Match Game on ABC.
Check out Baldwin and Colbert’s humorous exchange below, and watch the season premiere of Essentials, featuring The Bad and the Beautiful, on May 6 at 8 p.m. on TCM.