Actor Alec Baldwin's impersonations of President-elect Donald Trump on comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live" have become a running part of the show.
For each appearance as The Donald, Baldwin is paid $1,400, he revealed to The New York Times. In contrast, as star of the television show "30 Rock," he earned as much as $15 million per season, notes Forbes.
Baldwin did his first "SNL" parody of Trump on the show’s Oct. 1 episode. In preparation, the actor watched hours of Trump rallies and campaign appearances, Business Insider reports.
The impersonation was a big hit, and Baldwin reprised his role of The Donald four more times before the election, assuming there wouldn't be many more opportunities, based on the assumption that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would win.
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Since Trump’s surprise election victory, Baldwin has returned to poke fun at the president-elect. However, the actor notes that future appearances may become less frequent due to his movie schedule and also his concern that the character will start to lose its appeal with viewers.
As for the real Donald Trump, his frequent tweets criticizing Baldwin’s performance have become part of his notorious Twitter repertoire. Before the election, on Oct. 16, he tweeted: “Watched Saturday night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!”
Following an episode that aired after his election, Trump again took to Twitter to rebuke the show again. Just after midnight on Dec. 4, he tweeted: “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live -- unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.”
But Trump’s dislike of the show didn’t keep him from hosting it in November 2015. Although he appeared for only 12 minutes, the episode received the show’s highest ratings since 2012, reports Business Insider.