Alec Baldwin Gave a Donald Trump Impression Lesson in Boston

The actor also revealed that he may stop playing the president-elect on Saturday Night Live at the Inbound 2016 conference.
Alec Baldwin

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Alec Baldwin showed off his famous Donald Trump impression to the delight of fans at the Inbound 2016 conference in Boston.

After hanging out backstage with surprise guest David Ortiz, the actor chatted with comedian and moderator Jason Jones in front of a huge crowd on Friday morning. The Daily Show alum immediately addressed the elephant in the room and asked the star for his thoughts on the election and playing the president-elect on Saturday Night Live.

Baldwin opened up about his experience and even treated the attendees to a lesson in how to do a proper impression of the billionaire turned politician.

“You have to push your mouth out as far as you can,” Baldwin said while doing his best Trump. “I have this chronic neck pain for the rest of my life after doing that.”

The actor got serious while evaluating the prospects of a Trump presidency, telling the audience that he hopes struggling Americans will at least be able to find work under the new administration.

“I’m a dad and I think about people wanting to take care of their kids,” Baldwin said. “I hope in the coming years, whatever happens, we can get people jobs in this country because people need jobs.”

Later in the conversation, the actor channeled his inner Trump once again as he offered his views on how involved the president-elect will be once he’s officially in the White House.

“I think that Trump is going to be someone who is not going to be that involved, he’s going to be going into rooms with trusted advisers and they’re going to say, ‘We did this, this, this, and this,’ and he’s going to say, ‘Sounds good, that sounds good. I like it. I like it a lot. That’s a great, great, fantastic, really top-shelf super gold-plated, platinum, frequent-flyer situation you’ve got going on.’ And you know, it’s going to be like, you know other people are going to take over. In a sense, Trump, it’s like a Trojan horse. People vote for him and invest all their faith in him like Americans do, on both sides. And then he comes in, and a whole other bunch of people come in and they take over.”

As for Baldwin’s future on SNL, the former Emmy winner told Jones that he’s not sure if he’ll continue playing Trump, although the actor hasn’t thought about it much since he didn’t think Trump was going to win.

“I don’t know. I don’t think so,” Baldwin said. “I don’t know. I really don’t. I never really thought about that.”


Matt Juul Matt Juul, Digital A&E Writer at Boston Magazine mjuul@bostonmagazine.com