Tina Fey glues ears down to look like Sarah Palin

Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:17am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Tina Fey says she glues her ears down for her popular television impressions of Sarah Palin, but it took her a while to accept she was almost a perfect double for the Republican vice presidential candidate.

"When I first saw her, I didn't think we looked alike at all," Fey told TV Guide in an interview released on Tuesday.

"Then during the (Republican Party) convention, I started to think, 'OK, maybe a little.' ... We glue my ears down. That's one of the tricks," Fey said.

Fey's lampooning of Palin in a series of sketches on "Saturday Night Live" have more than doubled ratings for the long-running late-night comedy show and have been seen by millions more in online replays.

The Alaska governor entered the U.S. national political stage when Republican presidential candidate John McCain picked her as his running mate in August.

Palin appeared as herself on the satirical show on Saturday in a series of skits that played off her striking physical resemblance to Fey.

"Saturday Night Live" executive producer Lorne Michaels said Palin's aides asked for her to appear immediately after seeing Fey's first impersonation of her about a month ago.

Michaels told Entertainment Weekly that Palin had a powerful connection with people and could end up on television if the Republicans lost the November 4 election.

"I think she could have her own show," Michaels said. "I think Palin will continue to be underestimated for a while. I watched the way she connected with people, and she's powerful.   Continued...

<p>Tina Fey holds one of her two Emmys she won for outstanding writing for a comedy series and for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for "30 Rock'' at the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 21, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Blake</p>