Darrell Hammond mentioned he thought his cellphone was malfunctioning and “couldn’t consider it” when President Donald Trump tweeted reward for the comic’s impersonation of him earlier this month.
“Carry again Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far higher expertise!” Trump tweeted on March 2, imploring “Saturday Evening Stay” to interchange the present’s present Trump impersonator, Alec Baldwin.
“I couldn’t consider it,” Hammond, who was changed by Baldwin because the present’s Trump in 2016, mentioned in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.
“I used to be simply away from bed. I put my cellphone within the subsequent room, and I began listening to it ding as a result of I simply obtained a textual content. After which it actually began dinging. And I believed to myself, ‘That rattling cellphone is malfunctioning. It have to be dying.’ It was simply ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!”
Hammond mentioned he bumped into “SNL” showrunner Lorne Michaels later the identical day, and Michaels cracked a joke.
“Lorne swept previous me within the hallway with a few of his individuals, and he leaned in and mentioned, ‘The president is aware of your identify. Sure, he is aware of who you might be.’ I don’t know why, it made me giggle,” Hammond mentioned.
Hammond has spoken about Trump’s tweet earlier than, telling The Washington Put up final week: “You understand, I’m identical to playing around in my house, and the subsequent minute Anderson Cooper desires to speak to me? What? Somebody mentioned to me, you understand individuals in Jaipur, India, are saying ‘Who’s Darrell Hammond?’ Do you understand that? In Jaipur. It’s true.”
When requested why Michaels swapped Baldwin for Hammond because the Trump impersonator to start with, Hammond advised the Put up that the present “wanted one other pressure, on an appearing stage, to have the ability that Trump was embodying then.”
“The Darrell Trump . . . it wasn’t the Trump that had gotten darker. It was the Trump from ‘The Apprentice.’”
In any case, lengthy stay Darrell Hammond. And will we ― and the president ― be fortunate sufficient to see his Trump impression once more.