Trump: Baldwin's Impression 'Agony' for Viewers

After actor says it's an 'agony' to impersonate the president
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2018 10:40 AM CST
Alec Baldwin portrays President Trump on "Saturday Night Live" on Feb. 4, 2017.   (Will Heath/NBC via AP, File)

(Newser) – It's Trump vs. Baldwin, one more time. President Trump went after his most famous impersonator Friday after Alec Baldwin said some unflattering things to the Hollywood Reporter. While discussing his new show, Sundays With Alec Baldwin, the actor said it was "agony" for him to portray a person so "ethically, morally, intellectually and spiritually" unqualified to be president. That prompted Trump to tweet: “Alex Baldwin, whose dieing mediocre career was saved by his impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing DJT was agony for him," per Politico. "Alex, it was also agony for those who were forced to watch. You were terrible. Bring back Darrell Hammond, much funnier and a far greater talent!”

The initial tweet was later replaced with an edited version that corrected the errors of "Alex" and "dieing." Baldwin didn't seem too offended, suggesting his role as Trump would continue. "Agony though it may be, I'd like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride to Mara-A-Lago. You know. The Good Stuff," he responded in a tweet. In another, he wrote, "And Mr. President... please ask your wife to stop calling me for SNL tickets." Baldwin's show will air on ABC, with the first episode following the Oscars at 11:35pm Sunday. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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