Alec Baldwin will reprise his role as host of Saturday Night Live for a record 17th time this weekend and, if the latest promo is any indication, his return is about to be YUGE.
Or, believe Baldwin, who appears in the 49-second, black-and-white clip and dramatically recounts his time at NBC's Studio 8H in New York. "This was my home," he says in a wistful internal monologue. "This was my heartbeat. It feels like so many lifetimes ago."
"I thought I had said goodbye, but the pull of fate is undeniable," he continues. "So, I must return. I must find the strength to ..."
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"Alec, you were just here, like, yesterday," SNL castmate Vanessa Bayer cuts in, referencing Baldwin's repeated SNL appearances as President Trump. "It's not that big of a deal."
The room is quiet for a moment as Bayer allows the words to take hold before walking offstage.
Returning to the comfort of his own thoughts, Baldwin maintains: "Oh, it's a big deal."
His brother, Billy, would likely agree.
The actor/producer seems to want in on the SNL action himself, joking on Access Hollywood Wednesday that he could play Trump's son, Eric, on the late-night comedy showcase. "I've got the slicked back hair, I'm a little old for that, but yeah," he said. "Because I'd just have to sit there and go, 'Duh.'"
Jokes aside, the entertainer questioned whether their brother, Stephen, was experiencing "buyer's remorse" after supporting Trump, but expressed his hopes that the president would move to instill more confidence in the public.
"I'm trying to be patient in the first — not 100 days — but the first couple hundred days," he said. "But I just wish President Trump would give us a reason to feel good and to feel safe and to feel like he's representing our interests. I want him to succeed, but I think that his definition of success is going to be very different than mine."
Disclosure: 'Saturday Night Live' airs on NBC, which is a sister company of CNBC.