Johnny Depp Plays Donald Trump In Funny Or Die Video
Johnny Depp proved his acting chops yet again as Donald Trump in a 50-minute Funny or Die video that parodies the GOP presidential candidate.
Johnny Depp As Donald Trump
The Funny or Die video titled Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie, is meant to be a TV movie adaptation of Trump’s 1987 autobiography of the same name. Ron Howard explains in the beginning of the faux movie that it was meant to air in 1988, but was booted from the TV lineup by Monday Night Football. Trump, the writer, director and star, according to the myth, then banned his movie from ever showing.
In the recovered video, Depp’s 1980s Trump provides a fitting prologue to present time, spouting out sexist and racist rhetoric, as well as having a preoccupation with wall-building. “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall—I can build you a much nicer one,” Depp as Trump says at one point.
Funny or Die’s editor in chief Owen Burke called Depp’s performance “absolutely bananas” in an interview with The New York Times. Burke added, “Because we tend to move so fast, we’re usually just slapping wigs on people, but Johnny brought, like, a whole team of professionals to help him get into character. Or at least style his hair.”
Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live, New Girl) plays Ivana Trump in the video. Patton Oswalt, Henry Winkler, Alfred Molina, Jack McBrayer and Jacob Tremblay also make appearances.
The Art of the Deal: The Movie was directed by Jeremy Konner (Drunk History) from a script by former The Onion editor Joe Randazzo.