Baldwin on Trump: 'I just didn’t want to play him'
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Actor Alec Baldwin reflects on his “Saturday Night Live” portrayal of President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE — a character he initially didn’t want to play — in an adaptation of his memoir published Tuesday in Vanity Fair.

"I didn’t hate Trump. I just didn’t want to play him. But Tina [Fey] and [executive producer] Lorne [Michaels] pushed me, so I finally said yes,” Baldwin wrote in the excerpt.

The book, "Nevertheless: A Memoir,” will be released next month by publisher HarperCollins.


Baldwin says his impression has people approaching him in New York to thank him and "beseech me to 'keep going' more than any other portrayal or piece I have performed."

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"The Donald Trump we had been presenting on 'Saturday Night Live' seemed to delight nearly everyone in the People’s Republic of Manhattan, so I had many such invitations.”

Baldwin also reflected on how he presented the character of Trump, in a description he shared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” earlier this month.

"To me Trump is someone who is always searching for a stronger, better word, but he never finds it,” he said. "Whenever I play him, I make a long pause to find that word, and then I just repeat the word I started with: ‘These people are great people. They’re fantastic people, and I just want to say that working with them was ... a fantastic experience.’”

Baldwin pulled no punches in his criticism of fellow New-Yorker Trump, saying that in his hometown, the president was “endured, at best.”

“I will not go so far as say he is a punch line, because, in New York, making a lot of money counts for something, and according to him at least, he has made a lot of money,” he said. "But Trump was never an admired New Yorker, a sought-after speaker or dinner guest."

"He has never shown an appetite for the Great Political Imperative that New York politicians must manifest in order to be a real leader: empathizing with the day-to-day hustle and bustle of working-class New Yorkers."