Alec Baldwin is not a pouting politician; he only plays one on TV.
And parodying President Trump has hardly been the actor’s most enjoyable role.
Asked recently how much longer he’d do the Trump thing on “Saturday Night Live,” Baldwin suggested the act was taking a toll.
“Every time I do it now, it’s like agony,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “Agony. I can’t.”
Baldwin also said he was working on a project “to get rid of” Trump, telling THR: “My wife and I agreed that we’re gonna give it everything we have. And then if, God forbid, he wins again in 2020, I’m wondering can I host a game show in Spain.”
The interview was published Thursday. By Friday morning, the remarks had gotten the attention of the very man Baldwin has been mocking on SNL since 2016.
And the real Donald Trump, it seems, is not impressed by Baldwin’s Donald Trump.
The president’s tweet replaced an earlier, since-deleted version in which he called Baldwin “Alex” and offered a personal review of Baldwin’s performances, writing: “You were terrible.”
Emmy voters, of course, have disagreed: Baldwin won best supporting actor in a comedy last year for lampooning the president. In accepting the award, he took a dig at his muse, who has feuded with the awards ceremony, because he never won for “The Apprentice.”
“I suppose I should say, at long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy,” Baldwin said at the start of his speech at the ceremony in September.
Baldwin added: “And Mr President…please ask your wife to stop calling me for SNL tickets. (Hey, Melania…we’ve got Charles Barkley this Saturday!)”
The actor has previously claimed that Melania Trump is a fan of his impression, a notion knocked down by the first lady’s spokeswoman.
Baldwin, who has hosted SNL more times than anybody, ever, isn’t an official SNL cast member, but he has been portraying Trump regularly on the NBC show since the craziest days of the presidential campaign in 2016.
His Trump displaced Darrell Hammond’s Trump, which came as a shock to the great SNL impressionist.
Getting the news that he was out as Trump had Hammond reeling, he told The Washington Post’s Geoff Edgers.
“I just started crying,” Hammond told Edgers. “In front of everyone. I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock, and I stayed in shock for a long time. Everything wiped out. The brand, me, what I do. Corporate appearances canceled. It was a hell of a shock, and all of it was apparent to me in one breath. That ends me.”
Baldwin-as-Trump was featured in nearly all of SNL’s broadcasts during the 2016-2017 season, usually in the cold open. His Trump has been in six of SNL’s 13 broadcasts during the show’s current season.
Before he said playing Trump was agonizing, Baldwin suggested he might be game for more, not less, presidential parody: In December, he told Howard Stern that his satirical Trump book, “You Can’t Spell America Without Me,” could be adapted for the Great White Way.
“We may take the book and make it into a one-man show on Broadway,” Baldwin told Stern.
That Trump doesn’t enjoy Baldwin’s portrayal of him is not new news: As a candidate, and then as president-elect, Trump — a two-time SNL host himself — took to Twitter to blast Baldwin’s performances.
This post has been updated.