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Ryan Lochte on Seth MacFarlane's 'SNL' Impression: 'I'm Just Going to Let It Be and Move Forward'

Playing a "sex idiot" on an upcoming "30 Rock," the swimmer also observes, "A lot of stuff comes into play when you're acting."

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What did Olympics golden boy and budding TV star Ryan Lochte think of Seth MacFarlane's impression of him as a slow-witted lunkhead on Saturday Night Live's season premiere?

Not a fan. But he's willing to put the whole thing behind him.

"I'm going to let whatever Seth MacFarlane did, I'm just going to let it be and just move forward," Lochte tells the Associated Press in a new interview. "But anytime Seth wants to race me in a pool, I'll be more than happy to," he added. 

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That's not an empty challenge -- as Lochte proved with Prince Harry, jumping into a Las Vegas pool still partially clothed to race the royal just hours before Harry's infamous naked billiards game.

Lochte has been cashing in on his global notoriety since winning five medals at the London Summer Games, most recently having wrapped guest appearances on 30 Rock and 90210.  (A possibility of being the star of the new season of ABC's The Bachelor did not pan out.)

He admits to being "completely nervous" for his 90210 stint.

"A lot of stuff comes into play when you're acting. There's like different places where you have to be, different facial expressions, hand gestures, just everything comes into play, just for like one little scene. It's crazy," Lochte tells the AP.

He found the 30 Rock experience way more comfortable, due to the on-set antics of Alec Baldwin.

"He was just like, 'Be yourself,'" Lochte says. "And he kind of made it ... a little more easy to work with because he was just goofing off the whole time."

You can see proof of the good times had in a photo posted to Twitter by 30 Rock executive producer Jack Burditt, featuring Lochte and Tina Fey sporting big smiles and two thumbs up.

"He played -- if I may use this term on television -- a sex idiot," Fey revealed to Ryan Seacrest on the Emmys red carpet, adding, "He was good at it!"

Watch MacFarlane's Lochte impression below.