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Baldwin flags end of Trump impersonation

Press Association logoPress Association 31/03/2017 David Mercer

Alec Baldwin might be retiring his popular Donald Trump impersonation when the current series of Saturday Night Live ends in May.

The Hollywood star says he fears America has elected its "first satire-resistant president" and he is unsure if people will be "in the mood to laugh" about Trump in the coming months.

Baldwin's portrayal of the president has helped the US sketch show to its highest ratings in years but has been criticised by Trump, who has branded it "mean spirited".

Baldwin says he doesn't expect to playTrump much longer.

"This season on SNL ... I'm going to do it as much as I can because I love them. They're my dear friends," Baldwin said.

"After that, I don't quite know. I don't quite know if people want to continue with that.

"If everything stays the same in this country as it is now, I don't think people will be in the mood to laugh about it come September.

"We'll be around the corner to the one-year anniversary of the election .... I think people will be in a completely different frame of mind.

"We'll see if this is actually the first satire-resistant president."

Baldwin said he would have to be paid "an ungodly amount of money" to play Mr Trump in a film or on stage.

"I don't know if I'd want to be Trump for more than a five-minute slug of time on Saturday Night Live," the actor said.

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