Shortland Street's Michael Galvin thinks Alec Baldwin's impression is hilarious

The scene which made Shortland Street viral has returned with an American twist – and Michael Galvin thinks it is hilarious. 

Galvin, who has played Dr Chris Warner since the show's inception, has enjoyed the publicity the show has gotten from the infamous scene. 

"I think it's crazy, it's hilarious, it's great publicity for the show, but it's a bit mental, really," said Galvin.

Shortland Street's "please tell me that's not your penis" scene has gone viral yet again thanks to Jimmy Kimmel.
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Shortland Street's "please tell me that's not your penis" scene has gone viral yet again thanks to Jimmy Kimmel.

US TV host Jimmy Kimmel enlisted the help of actor Alec Baldwin to recreate the now-infamous scene where Dr Chris Warner confronts his son Harry about a nude image found on a tablet.

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On Jimmy Kimmel Live, which aired on Wednesday night in the US (Thursday night NZ time), the host tells the audience that soap operas are a dying breed over there: "But in New Zealand there is a show called Shortland Street. And I don't know much about the show itself but what I do know is a hell of a cliffhanger when I see one."

Michael Galvin has played Dr Chris Warner since Shortland Street began in 1992.

Michael Galvin has played Dr Chris Warner since Shortland Street began in 1992.

"The first time I read the scene, I thought 'what a great scene, this is going to be hilarious. I can't wait to do this because it's going to be so funny'," said Galvin.

However, Galvin was not sure how to feel about being played by the resident Saturday Night Live Donald Trump impersonator. 

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"Alec Baldwin is terrific. He is a wonderful dramatic actor; the comedy stuff he's been doing, like for Saturday Night Live is just terrific, but I don't really feel honoured, I guess I feel noticed," said Galvin.

When asked who played Chris Warner better, Galvin was diplomatic.

"It's not for me to say! That is for everyone else to judge. He did seem to be downplaying it, I thought. I think he was maybe telling me I over-acted it a bit."

Galvin, however, was less than diplomatic over whether co-star Reid or Kimmel played Harry Warner better.

"I much prefer Reid, all the time. I love Reid, he's awesome".

Despite the humour, Galvin never thought it would snowball into something so big. 

"Who could have predicted such a thing! We knew people would like it and I thought maybe it will end up on the Jono and Ben Show ... we didn't think it would go this far, no one predicted that."

 - Stuff

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