Just hours after Donald Trump won the New Hampshire presidential primary, the GOP frontrunner can add another title to his name: made-for-TV movie star. Johnny Depp stars as Trump in a web special, Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie, which combines Trump barbs, celebrity cameos, and mountains of gloriously bad hair.
The special opens with Ron Howard explaining that he found an old tape at a yard sale of a never-before-aired 1988 movie that Trump wrote, directed, and starred in, based on his book, The Art of the Deal. Trump had pulled the movie from the airwaves, though, after it got preempted by Monday Night Football. The 50-minute special has the blurry filter of a VHS tape that's been left in the sun for a little too long.
Can't see Depp-as-Trump? Imagine his Black Mass interpretation of Whitey Bulger but with a New York accent, just off enough to work with the fake biopic's made-for-tv feel. His costars include Michaela Watkins as Ivana Trump, Patton Oswalt as Merv Griffin, Henry Winkler as Mayor Ed Koch, and Alf, who plays best man at Trump's first wedding. The movie is so rooted in the '80s that Funny or Die even got Kenny Loggins to write the theme song.
According to the New York Times, the movie was made in total secrecy, with Johnny Depp filming everything in just four days in December. Though the timing was obviously set to coincide with Tuesday's primary, Funny or Die originally didn't think they'd have that kind of time. "The plan was to move really fast because we thought Trump would go away, as least as a presidential candidate," Funny or Die's editor-in-chief Owen Burke told the Times. "When he bizarrely didn't go away, we had a little more time. But that meant keeping the secret for longer."
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