What if I told you that in 1988, Donald Trump wrote, directed, and starred in his very own biopic based on The Art of the Deal, his 1987 best-selling book of the same name. And what if I told you that the day of its premiere, the film was pre-empted by a football game and thus never seen by anyone until director Ron Howard discovered a copy at a yard sale.
That’s the premise of a new 50-minute Donald Trump spoofing from Funny or Die. The faux film stars none other than Johnny Depp in the lead role, with the impressive cast also including Alfred Molina, Patton Oswalt (as Merv Griffin), Michaela Watkins (as Ivanna Trump), Henry Winkler, Stephen Merchant, Kristen Schaal, Paul Scheer, and Ron Howard, among others.
According to the New York Times, Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie was directed by Jeremy Konner (Drunk History) and written by Joe Randazzo (@midnight). Depp secretly filmed his part over the course of four days last December. The film was then quickly edited to be released in conjunction with the New Hampshire presidential primary, which Trump ended up winning.
In an interview with the New York Times, Funny or Die co-founder Adam McKay said “with any luck” the spoofing will annoy the real-life Trump.