Alec Baldwin: ‘Ever since I played Trump, black people love me’
Alec Baldwin believes he’s expanded his fanbase since playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”
“I don’t know how to say this and I don’t want to get it wrong either, because everything is a minefield of bombs going off, but ever since I played Trump, black people love me. They love me,” Baldwin, 60, told The Hollywood Reporter.
“Everywhere I go, black people go crazy. I think it’s because they’re most afraid of Trump. I’m not going to paint every African-American person with the same brush, but a significant number of them are sitting there going, ‘This is going to be bad for black folks.’”
Baldwin previously said portraying the POTUS was “agony,” but says he’ll be back for future episodes of “SNL” anyway.
“I’m going to mosey in there and hopefully we’ll have a fresh round of indictments to tear into,” he said. “From my mouth to Robert Mueller’s ears.”
He explained of his “cartoonish” portrayal of the president, “All I wanted my Trump to be is mean-spirited and miserable, like Mr. Potter from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ But then I’ll say, ‘Oh, I don’t want to do it anymore,’ and people will go, ‘Don’t you dare give that up, we need you.’ Like I’ve gotten people through something in our nation’s history.”
Baldwin also touched on the #MeToo movement, claiming there have been attempts to write about allegations of misconduct against him — but that none ever came to fruition because they were all false.
“I want to preface this by saying that all these guys who have done terrible things, who doesn’t want them punished? This whole idea that I’m covering for [accused director] Jimmy Toback or whatever? The minute that people are found guilty of some crime or there’s a glistening reservoir of information or evidence … It’s not a witch hunt because a witch hunt indicates that there is very little truth, if none at all, and there is a lot of truth here. But what worries me is that this is a fire that needs constant kindling,” he griped.
Baldwin alleged that after Harvey Weinstein‘s decades of sexual misconduct allegations surfaced, a publication reached out to one of Baldwin’s former co-stars who was underage at the time they’d filmed together in the 1980s. (Baldwin asked that THR omit the names of the publication and the co-star.)
“She goes, ‘Alec, they called me and they said that a wardrobe person said you sexually molested me and that you constantly had me sitting on your lap and they asked me for a comment,’” he recalled. “I go, ‘My God, what did you say?’ And she said, ‘I told them it was ridiculous, that you never groped me.’”
“I just remember thinking in that moment, ‘Wow, they’re looking for people. This is a fire that needs fresh wood, and they’re coming for me,’” he said.
Baldwin added of Rose McGowan specifically, “She’s a tragic front person for [the #MeToo] cause, and I say that because you don’t stand much of a chance of getting where you want to be if you’re going to arbitrarily alienate and excoriate innocent men. … It’s like all of a sudden, she’s one of the Crips — the head of her own gang.”
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