It’s the showdown of the century, black versus blue, day versus night, Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton — and it’s all by way of Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon. The Ghostbusters star has been playing Clinton on Saturday Night Live for I can’t remember how long at this point, but NBC announced Baldwin will be taking on the person of Trump for this weekend’s October 1st premiere of the late-night sketch comedy show.
In the past, Baldwin offered SNL impersonations for Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Tony Bennett, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Bono, to name a few. The network gave audiences a first look at his impression (pursed lips and all) as both he and McKinnon get prepped in costume and makeup for the parody debate. Darrell Hammond most recently held the position of Trump impersonator, but THR reports that Baldwin will continue the character all throughout the 42nd season. Hammond will continue as the SNL announcer and will appear on the show sporadically.
The premiere episode will be hosted by Margot Robbie and feature musical guest The Weeknd. The Suicide Squad actress features in her own teasers with McKinnon to promote the return. See both promos below.
At the time this article was published, Trump had yet to respond to this news, though he’s never been one to let things go quietly. The Republican nominee for President of the U.S. appeared on SNL during his campaign, which proved fairly controversial, considering NBC announced him shortly after Trump’s remarks calling Mexican immigrants rapists and linking them to drugs.
He and Clinton recently appeared in the first of the presidential debates this past Monday, which will surely prove to be a source of inspiration for the episode. Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda was announced to host SNL the following week of October 8th.
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