Funny Or Die Releases Trump Parody Starring Johnny Depp
This may be the best thing we’ve seen all year.
In true satirical style, for-laughs website Funny Or Die (FOD) has produced a 50 minute mock biopic starring Johnny Depp as – wait for it – Donald Trump.
The film, named after Trump’s autobiography, The Art of the Deal, which was released yesterday, relays the scandals, lawsuits, accusations of shady dealing and copious public outrages defining Trump’s public image prior to reinventing himself on reality TV show The Apprentice. It also covers his more recent public stint as a Republican presidential candidate.
“It was a crazy, completely nuts idea that somehow we pulled off,” said FOD co-founder, Adam McKay, who along with Will Ferrell and Judd Apatow produces exclusive comedic material often featuring popular celebs.
The idea for the film came from FOD editor-in-chief, Owen Burke, who then pitched it to McKay, and eventually Depp. The parody has been in the works for several months, and was originally intended to be released much earlier. The reason? Its creators didn’t think Trump’s time in the presidential race would last as long as it has.
“The plan was to move really fast because we thought Trump would go away, at least as a presidential candidate,” said Burke.
“When he bizarrely didn’t go away, we had a little more time. But that meant keeping the secret for longer.”
However, with Trump having recently trounced his fellow GOP candidates in New Hampshire with 35 per cent of the vote, now would seem the perfect time to give the film its wings, with Trump so firmly in the public eye.
Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie opens with infamous Hollywood director Ron Howard, playing himself, explaining (falsely) the allegedly made-for-TV film was actually made in 1988, written, directed, produced and starring Trump. However, a Monday night football game went into overtime, cutting into the movie’s prime time spot.
“As legend has it, when the film was preempted for Monday night football, a furious Trump pulled the movie and no one has seen the delightfully dated masterpiece since,” states FOD’s website. Sadly, the film was then presumed lost in Cybill Shepherd’s blouse fire of 1989.
But Howard explains this was not, in fact, the case. Apparently, he discovered it by chance at a yard sale just outside of Phoenix, Arizona.
“I had to physically wrestle it from a nice woman named Jenny,” the director says in his introduction.
The “dated masterpiece” portrays the entrepreneur and real estate magnate making unscrupulous business deals, partying hard, and chasing women like it’s, well, the 80s. Of course, it’s packed with outrageous comments and one-liners that could only come from Donald Trump’s mouth, making for a very entertaining piece of movie-making.
So, if you’re upset Trump won his primary, you’ll love this movie. If you’re a Trump fan, but also a Johnny Depp admirer with a sense of humor, you’ll also love this film. However, if you’re a Trump fan, hate Johnny Depp, and have no funny-bone whatsoever, you probably shouldn’t watch it. The choice is yours.
Video and image via funnyordie.com.
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