Funny or Die film skewers 1980s Donald Trump

Johnny Depp stars in "Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie." The film is narrated by Ron Howard, was written by Joe Randazzo, former editor of the Onion, and directed by "Drunk History" co-creator Jeremy Konner.


NEW YORK (AP) — In one of the more elaborate and unexpected spoofs of Donald Trump, Johnny Depp has joined the ranks of the combed-over, starring in a mock documentary released the morning after the GOP candidate's primary victory in New Hampshire.

The comedy website Funny or Die on Wednesday unveiled "Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie," a 50-minute video styled as Trump's own self-made TV movie adaptation of his 1987 best-selling advice book.

The film, shot clandestinely, stars Depp as Trump in a startling transformation for even the actor known for outlandish metamorphoses, like the Mad Hatter and Whitey Bulger.

Along with Depp's leading performance, the movie is narrated by Ron Howard, features a theme song from Kenny Loggins and includes a cast of Alfred Molina, Jack McBrayer, Patton Oswalt, Stephen Merchant, Henry Winkler and Andy Richter.

With '80s video graphics, "The Art of the Deal" is presented as written, directed and edited by Trump himself — a relic of earlier brand-building propaganda by the businessman, long before his turn into politics.

"Successful people are always on the phone — even if there's no one on the other end," the fake Trump lectures a boy in one scene.

"We wanted to make it '80s cheesy, but we knew he would have the classiest of the '80s graphic packages," Burke said. "It couldn't look that good, but it couldn't look cheap."

Owen Burke, Funny or Die's editor in chief, says the film — which was written by Joe Randazzo, the former editor of the Onion, and directed by "Drunk History" co-creator Jeremy Konner — is about Trump "as this strange product of American celebrity worship and entrepreneurship."

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