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Darrell Hammond: Impersonating Trump like ‘no other experience’

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Comedian Darrell Hammond on Thursday said that impersonating GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump is without parallel in celebrity imitations.

“There’s no other experience like it,” the “Saturday Night Live” performer said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “It is not all the way finished. I watched it the other day and I winced at it. It’s not as good as I want it to be.

{mosads}“The problem is this: the closer you get to distasteful or what a person would consider below the belt, the funnier you are. But you really want to try and not step over that line if you can.”

Hammond argued that Trump is especially difficult given the outspoken billionaire’s memorable physical quirks.

“When he does that thing with his mouth, that oval thing with his mouth, it’s actually on certain vowels,” he said as an example. “It’s almost like a watch repair, it’s so minute.

“And then you see what we call ‘home base.’ ‘Home base’ is the head tilted back, the lips closed, then eyes closed or narrow, looking around like, ‘This is awesome. Things are great. I am great. I can do this.’”

Hammond additionally revealed that Trump possesses an air of confidence in-person that he has only seen elsewhere in professional athletes.

“A lot of people say he is cocky or full of himself,” he said of Trump. “Maybe he is, but he is also the most positive person I have ever seen except the athletes that have come on the show.

“You know, he did not believe himself to be an actor,” Hammond continued. “He is not somebody from our world, so he is somebody who came earlier and stayed later.

“And I thought that was interesting because the athletes do the same thing because they know that this is not their world, but something inside tells them, ‘I’ll figure a way to do this somehow.’”

The Hollywood Reporter said on Thursday that Hammond has been impersonating Trump on and off since the premiere of the businessman’s reality television competition “The Apprentice” in 2004.

Hammond, a long-time comedic imitator, has also portrayed former President Clinton and former Vice President Gore on “Saturday Night Live.”

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