Alec Baldwin Has Been The Talk of Hollywood Lately

For many years, the Baldwin family was considered something of a joke in Hollywood. However, that reputation has begun to change in more recent times, mostly due to the continued success of Alec Baldwin, the oldest and most prominent of the Baldwin brothers. Attitudes toward the family first began to change around 10 years ago after the debut of the critically acclaimed and award-winning NBC sitcom 30 Rock with many critics hailing Alec Baldwin’s role as network executive Jack Donaghy as one of the primary drivers behind the show’s immense success and popularity. Still, despite his success with 30 Rock, nothing compares to the prominence that Baldwin’s portrayal of Donald Trump on NBC’s Saturday Night Live has brought, suddenly catapulting him to become one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood.

Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump and SNL

Saturday Night Live has a long history of poking fun at U.S. Presidents and also for its comedic portrayals of Donald Trump. In fact, one has to go back to the 1988 season to find the show’s first sketch featuring Trump as portrayed by the late Phil Hartman. From that point on, three other cast members also portrayed “The Donald” in various sketches, but it wasn’t until October 2016 that the world was treated to Baldwin’s especially convincing performance as then-Presidential candidate Trump.

Baldwin’s Trump parody made its public debut on October 1, and since then, the actor has gone on to reprise the role in numerous episodes both before and after his election. While Trump himself has gone on record (tweeted) about his dislike of Baldwin’s portrayal, most other media sources have praised the SNL parody. In fact, many people have claimed that it belongs near the top with some of the show’s other famous presidential parodies, such as Dana Carvey’s role as President George H.W. Bush Sr., Darrell Hammond’s portrayal of President Bill Clinton and Will Ferrell’s role as President George W. Bush Jr.

Of course, none of these other portrayals ever drew a response from the President being parodied, which is something that definitely makes Baldwin’s role unique. Another thing that sets the Trump parody apart from the others is the fact that Alec Baldwin has never actually been a cast member on SNL, unlike all of the other aforementioned actors. Still, he has hosted the show on a record 17 separate occasions—far more than any other person.

While critical acclaim is all well and good, the fact that many people point to Baldwin’s Trump parodies as one of the major reasons behind the show’s recent ratings boost shows just how successful he has been in the role. In fact, since he began portraying Trump in late 2016, the show has seen a huge spike in its ratings, up to the point that it has been averaging its biggest audience of any time in the past 22 years.

From Strength to Strength: Baldwin’s Recent Film Successes

Following up on his portrayal of Donald Trump, Alec Baldwin has also experienced several recent film successes that have helped make him an even more sought-after name in Hollywood. One such success was with the film Paris Can Wait, which also stars Diane Lane and Nicolas Cage and was written and directed by Eleanor Coppola. Although the film has yet to make its worldwide debut, the critical acclaim it received after debuting at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival seems to be a fairly good indicator of how well it will be received once it finally does debut to a wider audience.

It seems that 2017 is also set to be a good year for Baldwin as he is set to star in at least four films. The first of the four was the animated comedy The Boss Baby, which raked in more than $229 million in only its first two weeks, while the films Blind, Downsizing and Drunk Parents are all set to premiere later in the year and will be followed up in 2018 by at least two more Baldwin films—Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad and an as-of-yet untitled Mission Impossible 8 film.

All of these factors point to the fact that Alec Baldwin’s career is really at a high point right now, which is somewhat surprising considering the numerous failures and setbacks he has experienced throughout his time in Hollywood. From his critically panned role in 2003’s awful The Cat in the Hat—which saw him nominated for the not-so-prestigious Golden Raspberry Award for the Worst Supporting Actor—Alec Baldwin has most definitely turned his career around in a huge way and is now easily one of the most talked about names in Hollywood.

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