Johnny Depp as Donald Trump in ‘The Art of the Deal’ Parody Movie

February 10, 2016

Johnny Depp transforms into Donald Trump in a Funny Or Die parody, ‘The Art of the Deal: The Movie.’ Astonishingly, the 50-minute movie was filmed and kept secret and released without warning and now going viral. Get the scoop on this cinematic surprise and watch it right here!

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While it’s not a surprise that Funny Or Die would take on Donald Trump in a parody video, what’s absolutely astounding is that this is no four-minute clip, this is a 50-minute long mini-movie. And until its sudden surprise release the day after the New Hampshire primary — which Donald Trump won decisively with 35.1 percent of the vote in a crowded GOP field — no one knew it existed.

Now, it’s gone viral, of course. And no less than Johnny Depp portraying the real estate magnate turned GOP Presidential front-runner. The actor has taken on the likes of Whitey Bolger in ‘Black Mass’ and in much the same manner, with the magic of prosthetic makeup he’s transformed into the parodistic Trump, complete with the signature hairstyle, morfed into overdrive extreme.

It’s set in the late 1980s, and presented as a lost made-for-TV movie that Trump himself produced and starred in, based on his iconic bestselling business book, ‘The Art of the Deal.’

None other than Oscar-winning director Ron Howard introduces this movie, in mock-documentary seriousness talking about how it was presumed to be lost — after Trump himself, refused to release it, angry that a game had gone overtime on the night it was to be broadcast. He goes on to speak of finding a VHS videocassette at a yard sale in Arizona and now, voilà, we have a moment in cinematic history thought to be lost now found.

Rounding out the cast in this over-the-top send-up of Donald Trump in his New York City real estate developer heyday are Michaela Watkins as Ivana Trump along with Patton Oswalt, Henry Winkler, Alfred Molina, Andy Richter, Jacob Tremblay, and Jack McBrayer and others.

Now as for how a project of this magnitude with a bevy of Hollywood heavyweight could have been kept under wraps, we must turn to The New York Times who interview some of the principals including Adam McKay, director of the Oscar-nominated ‘The Big Short’ who’s also co-founder of Funny Or Die. He told the publication, “It was a crazy, completely nuts idea that somehow we pulled off.”

Owen Burke, editor in chief of Funny or Die, had the original idea for the parody. He told the newspaper that they thought they would have to move quickly, expecting that Donald Trump’s Presidential bid would fade quickly. He went on to say, When he bizarrely didn’t go away, we had a little more time.”

And as for the challenge of keeping the project secret, he said, “We had a few people sign nondisclosures but mostly we just begged people not to say anything.”

And it’s quite an impressive feat and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect, with Trump winning the First-in-the-Nation primary and, no doubt sure to weigh in.

You can see the parody that’s got social media buzzing, Johnny Depp as Donald Trump in ‘The Art of the Deal: The Movie’ below!



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