But the Hollywood actor revealed on Wednesday’s broadcast of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” how his impersonation of POTUS was actually off the cuff and that he only mimicked Trump for the first time during rehearsals for the show.
“I never imitated him or had anything to do with him,” Baldwin told Kimmel, adding that he initially turned down the offer of the role.
“Any time you have some sort of mimicry, it’s usually someone you appreciate,” said Baldwin. “I didn’t hate Trump, I just said ‘eh, I don’t want to do that.’ And Tina (Fey) and Lorne (Michaels) kind of pushed me.”
Baldwin said he had “no idea what I was going to do” when the stage manager took him to his mark for his first dress rehearsal, and described himself sat in makeup repeating the words “China, China, China” as being “like a scene from a mental hospital.”
Baldwin also commented on whether he’d like to play Trump at the White House correspondents dinner, and what he’s given up for Lent.
Check out the full segment above.