Johnny Depp Stars as Donald Trump in Star-Studded ‘Funny or Die’ Spoof
Johnny Depp has played his fair share of wacko film characters in the past — Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands, every other Tim Burton film he’s ever starred in — but he may have taken on the most bizarre role of his career in a new Funny or Die clip that spoofs presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
The website posted a full-length, satirical movie earlier today (February 10) that shows Depp in full-on Trump makeup — down to the orange tan and orange toupee. The 50-minute movie is titled Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie which takes its name from Trump’s 1987 best-selling book.
The film was directed by Drunk History co-creator Jeremy Konner, with a script written by former editor of The Onion Joe Randazzo. Other Hollywood staples involved in the movie include Ron Howard, Alfred Molina, Patton Oswalt, Jack McBrayer, Kristen Schaal, Christopher Lloyd, Henry Winkler and a slew of others.
“Everyone who was involved in the project is super cool and people with whom we have great relationships,” said Funny or Die editor-in-chief Owen Burke, in an interview with CNN. “They all understood the importance of keeping this a secret with the understanding that the Internet loves to be surprised. Also there was a lot of begging."
There were also a lot of signed nondisclosures, according to the New York Times.
Speaking about Depp’s triumphant turn as Trump (he really nails the accent and mannerisms), Burke said his performance was "absolutely bananas."
“Because we tend to move so fast, we’re usually just slapping wigs on people," he continued. "But Johnny brought, like, a whole team of professionals to help him get into character. Or at least style his hair."
Check out the trailer above and head over to Funny or Die to see the movie in full.
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