Alec Baldwin On Playing Trump: "Black People Love Me"
Ahead of the launch of his new talk show, Alec Baldwin sat down and spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about Trump, #MeToo, his family and long career.
It was during a section of the interview that Baldwin was stopped by a man on the street, who complimented him on his reoccurring role as US President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.
The man reportedly called out, "Duuuude, you do that Donald Trump thing real good. Real good."
Later, after the interaction with the man, it inspired Baldwin to tell the reporter:
"Ever since I played Trump, black people love me" Baldwin said, "They love me. 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'."
That wasn't the only section of Baldwin's profile that raised eyebrows when he spoke about the #MeToo movement.
According to Baldwin, after the deluge of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, a journalist began asking questions about his past -- specifically reports that an actress who was a minor on a 1980s film set working with Baldwin had been sexually molested.
"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'," Baldwin said.
Baldwin has been criticised in the past for standing up for controversial figures like Woody Allen and James Toback, but the story the journalist was chasing never amounted to anything.
Still, Baldwin took a swipe at Rose McGowan who he claimed was a "tragic frontperson for [the #MeToo] cause".
"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," Baldwin said adding, "It's like all of a sudden, she's one of the Crips -- the head of her own gang."
This isn't the first time Baldwin has taken swipes at women at the front of the #MeToo movement. In November of 2017, the actor was called out for his inaction by Asia Argento. Baldwin tweeted Argento, provoking her boyfriend the late Anthony Bourdain.
Baldwin's show will be interesting to watch -- considering his last attempt at helming a show lasted only five episodes. As if preemptively, Baldwin spoke about people's opinions of him saying, "You can't win either way because people have already made up their minds."
"It's either, 'Alec Baldwin, I think you're a philanthropic, wonderful citizen of the community, whatever talent you have' or 'Alec Baldwin, you're just an asshole.' And it's never going to change."
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