Alec Baldwin spotted in Flint filming documentary

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
The City of Flint said Alec Baldwin stopped by to surprise Mayor Karen Weaver.

Flint — Actor Alec Baldwin visited Flint on Wednesday to film segments for an upcoming documentary on the Flint Water Crisis. 

Baldwin, who's gained renewed popularity for his portrayal of President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live," will be featured in an untitled documentary from director Anthony Baxter underway since 2015. 

Baldwin met with U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver briefly Wednesday on his stop through City Hall. 

"He interviewed the congressman this morning about his work to pass a $170 million aid package for Flint to help replace pipes and expand health care," said Robyn Bryan, spokeswoman for Kildee. 

Alec Baldwin (left) interviewing Congressman Dan Kildee Wednesday.

He also stopped and talked with Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech water expert who helped uncover the crisis and continues to study and sample the water. 

"Many, many, many people were interviewed," Edwards said. "I was in town just sampling today and we got to chatting."

Baldwin's publicist declined to comment on his trip to Flint. 

Resident Florlisa Fowler, two of her children and neighbor had brunch with Baldwin on Wednesday before he headed to City Hall. 

Fowler said Baldwin wanted to meet with her and asked about the water bill she received last month, even though she hasn't lived in the home for a year. 

"I received a water bill and for one month ... (it) totaled $640.13," said Fowler. "That's over 41,000 gallons of water, and it just so happened to be the time that the city did a water line dig."

Fowler, a mother of three, said she was diagnosed in 2016 with lung bacteria contracted from the water system. Further testing showed "100 percent of the homes that were tested on my street came back positive with the bacteria straight from the water main into the home," she said.

Baldwin spent more than an hour with the residents. Baldwin was emotional, Fowler said.

"He was very upset that we couldn’t go back to our home," Fowler said. "He also talked with my neighbor Ms. Evans, who feels like she’s too old to move.

"It was a nice visit with coffee and banana bread ... hopefully, we can make sure people don't forget and correct this issue."
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