Alec Baldwin has revealed how much he gets paid for his iconic Donald Trump impersonation on Saturday Night Live.
The 58-year-old actor told The New York Times that SNL shells out $1,400 every time he appears on the comedy show as the controversial president-elect.
Not only has his hilarious and accurate SNL impersonation become popular among Trump’s critics in the public, Baldwin has also drawn a reaction from the man himself.
According to Donald Trump, who isn’t one to mince insults, SNL is “totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse.” Baldwin took it in stride.
“Release your tax returns and I’ll stop,” he tweeted back.
Alec has found the key to a spot-on impersonation every time.
“I see a guy who seems to pause and dig for the more precise and better language he wants to use, and never finds it. It’s the same dish — it’s a grilled-cheese sandwich rhetorically over and over again,” Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter.
Many did point out that his impersonation may have humanized Trump enough to help him win the election, and Baldwin does recognize that. However, he thinks that now is also the time to turn it up a notch.
“I think that now that he is the president, we have an obligation — as we would if it was him or her — to dial it up as much as we can,” he said.
Baldwin does plan to continue his Trump impersonation, although they’ll be more sporadic now that he has two upcoming films.
We’ll need the comic relief to help us stay grounded for the next four years, TBH.